ALFRED, NY – The Franciscan men's lacrosse team fell to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent, Alfred State, 14-9 Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 9-5 after the half, the Barons scored two quick goals to open up the third quarter and cut the lead down to 9-7. Alfred State rattled off five-straight goals to take a 14-7 lead and control of the game. Senior Jonas McCaig scored his only goal of the game 1:22 into the third quarter to cut the deficit to three. With a man down just eight seconds later, senior Mike Rosaschi took a pass from junior Dan McCartney to score man down and get the Barons to within two goals with 13:16 to play in the third. Franciscan got three more shots off but couldn't find the back of the net before Alfred State scored five in a row to take the 14-7 lead after three quarters.
Both teams were held scoreless for the first nine minutes of the final quarter until McCartney scored back-to-back goals within 33 seconds of each other to cut the lead back down to five with 5:57 to play. The Barons put four more shots on cage in the final minutes of regulation but couldn't get past the Pioneer goalie as Alfred State hung on for the 14-9 win.
The Pioneers opened the game with two quick goals in the first 1:39 of action to take the 2-0 lead. Sophomore T.M. Thomas halted the run with his first goal of the game after the Pioneers turned the ball over and Franciscan took control in its offensive zone. Joe Johnson sandwiched a pair of goals around a McCartney goal for Alfred State to give the Pioneers a 4-2 lead with 4:54 to play in the first. McCartney then scored twice to tie the game at 4-4 with 3:31 left. The Pioneers closed out the quarter with a goal just 42 seconds before the first break.
Alfred State went on a 4-0 run that took most of the second quarter before freshman William Muraski scored with 2:45 to play to cut the deficit to 9-5 for halftime.
McCartney led all players with five goals and an assist while Rosaschi picked up a team-best six ground balls to go with his goal. McCaig finished the day with a goal and an assist.
Freshman Grant McKeown made a career-best 19 saves in the cage for the Barons.