PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Franciscan men's lacrosse team broke the program's single-game points and assists record as the Barons rolled to a 26-11 win over La Roche in their regular season finale, Wednesday.
The Barons posted 20 assists on their 26 goals, breaking the previous single-game record of 19 assists while the 46 points break the previous record by one point. Individually, junior Dan McCartney tied the single-game goal record with 11 goals, including five in the fourth quarter. Franciscan also scored four man-up goals to tie the single-game record and three man-down goals to set the single-game record and push the new single-season record to give man-down goals.
Franciscan raced out to a 4-0 lead behind a goal from senior Jonas McCaig, two from senior Mike Rosaschi, including a man-down goal, and one from freshman Joe Bartholomaus. McCaig's goal marked his 200th career point as a Baron. The Red Hawks got a goal back with 1:55 left in the first that kicked off a five-goal run that gave them the lead 5-4 with 12:01 to play in the second.
McCaig ended the La Roche run with Franciscan's second man-down goal of the game at 11:04 and Franciscan used a 5-0 run to take the 9-5 lead. The run featured three goals from McCartney, one from T.M. Thomas and McCaig's second of the game.
La Roche ended the half with a pair of goals to cut the lead to 9-7 at the break, but it would prove to be as close as the Red Hawks could get.
The Barons outscored the Red Hawks 7-2 in the third quarter to break the game wide open for Franciscan with the 16-9 lead after three quarters of play.
Thomas opened the final quarter with a goal just 2:12 into action before Brad LaBovick scored back-to-back goals for the Red Hawks.
The Barons rattled off nine goals in the final 10:31 of play, including five from McCartney, three of which were during a three-minute extra-man opportunity. After the final Red Hawk goal came with 3:53 to play, freshman Nicholas Brierley scored his first-career goal with 3:09 to play off a pass from McCaig. Sophomore Luke Lyons scored the game's final goal with 31 seconds left as the Barons were man-down in the final minutes.
McCartney led the Barons with 11 goals and an assist while Rosaschi posted five goals and three assists. McCaig finished the day with four goals and seven assists to push his season point total to 77, setting the single-season point record for the Barons. Thomas finished the day with three goals and five assists.
Freshman Grant McKeown made 15 saves in net for the Barons.
"This year we dedicated our season to Kelsey Berger, a five-year-old girl who had AML, a rare form of Leukemia," remarked head coach Pete Rosaschi following the game. "She passed away last week. This young girl happens to be my wife's cousin's daughter, so it has hit us personally.
"Our team has been praying for Kelsey all season and we continue to pray for her. I explained to the team that she never quit throughout all of her chemotherapies and especially during her last six months when she was often in a lot of pain. We will continue to play hard and honor Kelsey with our play and our conduct on and off the field. We have recommitted ourselves for these last few games of the season."
The Barons now await the seeding for the 2018 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference showcase after finishing the year 2-2 in the AMCC and 5-8 overall.