Anastos Shines in Home Loss to Army
EASTON, Pa. - Junior goalie Jonathan Anastos stood on his head on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium, but No. 13/14 Army proved too much as the Lafayette men's lacrosse team fell in its Patriot League home opener, 13-4.
Anastos came up with 13 saves on the afternoon on 43 shots faced, but suffered his fourth defeat of the 2018 campaign. The loss moves the Leopards to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in conference action, while Army improves to 4-1 and 1-0 in league play.
It was a defensive battle through the opening half as the Lafayette defense held Army to just two goals in the opening quarter. The Black Knights added four in the second quarter and continued to be stout defensively, holding the Leopards scoreless through the halftime break, up 6-0.
After an Army score to open the third quarter, Lafayette finally got on the board as Andrew Robbins and Andrew Chase went back-to-back to make it 7-2 with 3:56 to play in the period. But Army answered with a three-goal run of its own to push the lead to eight at 10-2, and that was the decisive run as the visitors ran out the final 16 minutes to close out a 13-4 victory.
Chase finished with a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Maroon and White offensively, while Conor Walters registered a goal and an assist, and Robbins rounded out the scoring with his score. For Army, 10 different players scored on the afternoon, led by a pair each from David Symmes and Nick Santorelli.
Shots finished at 43-25 in favor of the Black Knights, with Army also holding advantages in ground balls, 39-30, and faceoffs, winning 11-of-21. Lafayette went 0-for-1 on its lone extra-man opportunity, while the Leopards didn't allow a score in their two man-down sequences.
Next up for Lafayette is a trip to Annapolis, Md. on Saturday, clashing with Navy at 12 p.m.