STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan men's lacrosse team rolled to a 25-5 win over Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent, Medaille, Saturday afternoon.
As the snow began to fall, Franciscan didn't let the cold temperatures freeze its scorching offense. The Barons put up at least 25 goals for the second game in a row while posting 19 assists for the second-straight game. Franciscan was firing on all cylinders as eight different players registered at least one point and five players had three or more goals for the Barons.
Leading the way on offense was senior captain Mike Rosaschi. Rosaschi finished the day with six goals and seven assists while picking up five ground balls. Rosaschi and fellow senior Jonas McCaig found each other for five of the Barons goals while McCaig finished the day with four goals and seven assists. Sophomore TM Thomas followed up his record-setting day on Monday with an impressive four-goal, five-assist day today. Classmate Luke Lyons had a career-best three goals while freshman William Muraski scored his first five collegiate goals in the win.
"I am really happy with how our offense performed today," remarked head coach Pete Rosaschi. "We shared the ball well and for the most part took smart shots. Having another 19-assist day is promising for our offensive unit."
Equally as impressive as the offesnse today was the performance by the Baron defense. Franciscan limited the Mavericks to just 13 shots on goal and freshman Grant McKeown stopped eight of them for his second win. Franciscan caused 24 turnovers on the day and dominanted the groundball battle, 60-23. Leading the groundball charge was freshman Jerome Harkins. Harkins set the program's single-game record with 22 groundballs for the Barons as he was tenacious in the defensive third and off the face off. Harkins won 16 of the 19 faceoffs he took, often picking up the ground ball off his face off win. The Barons were perfect on man-down defense as they held the Mavericks to without a goal on three man-up chances. Conversely, the Barons were 3-for- 4 on man-up chances.
Franciscan raced out to a 10-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of action of the first quarter to take control of the game. Sohpomore Chris Hartung put the Barons up 9-0 with 3:44 to play in the quarter with his first career goal off a pass from McCaig. The Mavericks finished out the quarter with a pair of goals to cut down the lead to 10-2 at the end of the first.
Muraski and Rosaschi combined for four of the Barons' six goals in the second quarter to give Franciscan a 16-2 lead at the break. Rosaschi on one of Muraski's goals while Thomas handed out four assists in the 15-minute period.
Franciscan held the the Mavericks scoreless for most of the third quarter, scoring six goals of their own to take a 22-2 lead. Medaille finally got on the board with 23 seconds left in the quarter to cut the lead down to 22-3.
For the first time in the game, the Mavericks got on the board first in the fourth quarter as Medaille found the back of the net 1:17 in to the period for its fourth goal of the game. Franciscan scored back-to-back goals from McCaig and Lyons to push its lead to 24-4 before Tyler Fales scored the last Maverick goal with 3:36 to play. Muraski put an exclamation point in the Barons' 25-goal performance with his fifth of the game from Rosaschi to seal the 25-5 win.
"Today was our fifth of the season while Medaille took the field for the first time against us today," continued Coach Rosaschi. "I think we played well and Medaille's goalie did a good job against some tough shots."
Franciscan will take the field on Wednesday as the Barons head to Bethany, W.Va. to take on the Bison at 7pm.