Possession Edge Key in Men’s Lax Loss at Army
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team did all it could defensively on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium, but Army used the possession battle to its advantage, wearing down the Leopard defense and knocking off the Maroon and White by a 14-4 final score.
Army jumped on the Leopards early, scoring all four goals in the first quarter and the first two of the second to take a 6-0 lead through the midway point of the second 15-minute segment. Scott McAvoy finally got Lafayette’s side of the scoreboard lit at the 6:49 mark, beating Army goalie A.J. Barretto to the high stick side to make it 6-1.
Dan Grabher answered with a faceoff win and scored just nine seconds later to cancel out the McAvoy tally, but the Leopards didn’t quit as McAvoy and Connar Dehnert came right back to cut the edge to five. David Symmes beat Lafayette goalie Jonathan Anastos late with 28 seconds to play in the half as the two teams went into the break with the home side in front, 9-3.
The first three goals of the second half went Army’s way, but a Conor Walters finish off an Eric Joseph feed on the man-up stopped the run to make it 12-4 with 11:23 left in the fourth. However, that was where the scoring ended for the Maroon and White as Army tacked on two more to push the final score to 14-4.
Anastos was excellent once again for Lafayette, making 15 saves on the afternoon on 29 shots faced on goal. McAvoy led the scoring with a pair, while Joseph added two assists and Walters and Dehnert posted the other scoring marks.
Barretto improved his record to 4-1 on the season with seven saves in 53:22 of action, while Nate Jones was the game’s scoring leader with six goals and an assist. Shots finished at 46-25 in favor of the home side and Lafayette won the ground ball battle, 32-31.
The Leopards return to Fisher Stadium on Saturday for a Patriot League battle with Navy. Opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.