Late Run Sinks Men’s Lax
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team fought back from an early deficit to tie it twice in the third quarter, but it was all Manhattan in the fourth as the Leopards dropped a 12-9 decision on Tuesday evening at Fisher Stadium.
After falling behind by a 5-2 score in the opening quarter, the scoring was even in the second as sophomore Adam Close and junior Conor Walters kept the deficit at three, 7-4, into the halftime break. The third is where the Leopards made their move.
Two from Walters and a man-up tally from senior Matt Close on a feed from classmate Will McCarthy knotted the game at 7-7 just five minutes into the second half. The Jaspers responded with a pair to move it back to a two-goal game, but McCarthy and Walters added final-minute tallies to take the game to the fourth tied at 9-9.
The possession in the fourth is what won it for Manhattan, though, as the Leopards managed nine shots to accompany eight turnovers in the final frame. The Jaspers were able to net two goals during the run of play and one into an empty net late to seal it, closing it out with a final of 12-9.
Walters led the way offensively with four goals on the night, while five other Leopards registered a goal apiece. McCarthy chipped in with two assists as the only Leopard other than Walters to record multiple points in the game.
Shots finished at 46-36 in favor of the home side while Lafayette edged out the ground ball battle as well, 30-29. An 8-for-15 margin on clears and a 15-8 discrepancy in turnovers took away the Leopards’ advantage at the X, as sophomore John Becker and freshman Gabe Smithline combined to win 17 of the game’s 25 faceoffs.
Junior goalie Jonathan Anastos made 10 saves in his second loss of the season, while Michael Zingaro stopped 12 Leopard shots on goal for his second win of the year. The result adjusts each team’s overall record to 2-2 as the Leopards look ahead to conference action.
Lafayette opens Patriot League play on Saturday, traveling to Baltimore, Md. for a meeting with No. 10 Loyola at 12 p.m.