ADRIAN, Mich. – The Franciscan men's lacrosse team held off a fourth-quarter comeback push to defeat Adrian 16-9, Saturday afternoon.
Leading 12-6 early in the fourth quarter, the Barons seemed to hold a comfortable lead for the final 14 minutes. With 7:04 to play, Adrian made its final push and kicked off a 3-0 run that took 1:30 of game time. Michael Turner sandwiched a pair of goals around Fernando Rodriguez' goal to cut the Baron lead down to 12-9 with 5:35 to play.
After winning the faceoff after the Bulldogs' ninth goal, the Franciscan offense went to work. Freshman William Muraski picked up the groundball after sophomore Luke Lyons won the faceoff and eventually got the ball to junior Dan McCartney. McCartney took a shot that went wide but Franciscan was able to maintain possession. With the ball back in his stick, McCartney made a move to the cage and halted the Adrian run with his fourth goal of the game. Franciscan won the next faceoff, but the Bulldogs forced a turnover and went back on offense. Rodriguez's shot went wide but Franciscan was there to gain possession after the ball went out of bounds. After a successful Baron clear, senior Jonas McCaig took the ball to the next and pushed the Baron lead to 14-9 with 2:29 to play.
Sophomore goalie Matt Marrenna made three saves in just under a minute of game time to keep the five-goal lead. After Marrenna's third save with 59 seconds left, McCartney picked up the groundball and completed the Baron clear. McCartney got the ball to sophomore T.M Thomas who passed it off to senior Mike Rosaschi for the goal with 52 seconds left. Franciscan finished off the scoring with a goal from McCartney as time expired to seal the 16-9 win.
Franciscan opened the game with a 4-1 first quarter as four different Barons found the back of the net. Muraski got the first goal of the game while Thomas, McCartney, and Lyons each scored.
McCaig and Rosaschi sandwiched a pair of goals around an Adrian goal to take a 6-2 lead into halftime. Franciscan's offense kept firing on all cylinders as McCartney and McCaig combined for two more goals to open the third and take an 8-2 lead. The Bulldogs used a three-goal run in the middle of the third to cut the lead down to 8-5 with 8:59 to play in the third. Freshman Joe Bartholomaus got on the board with 6:57 to play to push the Baron lead back to 9-5 and after an Adrian goal with 5:31 left, Rosaschi and McCaig scored on back-to-back extra-man opportunities to give Franciscan an 11-6 lead. McCartney scored 41 seconds into the fourth to set up the later push by Adrian.
McCartney led the Barons with five goals and two assists while scooping up 12 ground balls. McCaig added four goals and an assist while Rosaschi found the back of net three times and had an assist for the Barons. Muraski caused three turnovers for Franciscan and scored once.
"We're fortunate to play through adversity and illness," remarked head coach Pete Rosaschi following the game. "We got a good win today and God bless the USA during the Easter season."
Lyons won 18-of-26 faceoffs for the Barons and Marrenna made 15 saves in net for his first win of the season.
The Barons return home next Wednesday as they host Westminster (Pa.) in a 4:00 pm showdown.