Men's Lacrosse Drops Home Opener to No. 11 Loyola
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team dropped its home opener to Loyola 18-5 in a Patriot League contest on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium.
Alex Mezey got his first career start and made the most of it by recording a career-high three goals for a hat trick. The junior attack netted his three scores on four shot attempts. Scott McAvoy and Conor Walters were responsible for the other two Leopards’ goals. On the defensive end, Will McCarthy caused a team-high three turnovers, while Chris Adamo recorded five groundballs.
Jonathan Anastos was challenged in goal all game as the Greyhounds (1-2, 1-0 PL) put up 57 shots in the league opener. The sophomore netminder had double-digit saves for the second time this season after recording 15 for the Leopards (0-3, 0-1 PL).
“He is getting better every week with experience,” head coach Jim Rogalski said. “I thought he started to hit some strides and I was happy with him between the pipes today.”
Loyola put up five goals in the opening stanza and it started less than two minutes into action as Romar Dennis netted the first score of the game. The Greyhounds would go up 2-0 before Mezey put in his first goal of the afternoon with five minutes left in the quarter.
An 8-0 Loyola run that lasted nearly 14 minutes extended the Greyhounds lead to nine, 10-1, past the midway point of the second. The run would come to a short break once Walters found the back of the net, but Loyola would answer with three unanswered to close out the half.
The Leopards were held to 13 shots and turned the ball over 11 times in the first half. However, those numbers improved for the Maroon and White in the second.
“We talked about some clearing adjustments we wanted to make,” Rogalski said. “We took care of the ball and had more offensive opportunities in the second half.”
In the third, it was the Leopards striking first as Mezey scored, but once again the Greyhounds had an answer and this time put in five straight to move ahead 18-3 in the fourth quarter.
The large lead proved to be insurmountable and Loyola grabbed the conference win, but before the final horn sounded, Lafayette received goals from McAvoy and Mezey.
The Leopards will return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 28 when they head to Fairfield, Conn. to play Sacred Heart for a 3 p.m. game.