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Matinee Comeback Falls Short

March 17, 2009

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EASTON, Pa. - Trailing 6-0 after the first five minutes of Tuesday afternoon's game, the Lafayette men's lacrosse saw its valiant comeback effort fall just short, as the Leopards fell 12-9 to Stony Brook at Rappolt Field. Sophomore Tom Perini and junior Matt Mersky notched four points apiece on the afternoon.

The first quarter was 15 minutes of back and forth action. After the Seawolves opened scored the game's first six goals between the 14:44 and 10:47 marks of the opening quarter, Lafayette responded with three of its own.

An unassisted goal from freshman Colin Serling got the Leopards started at the 6:51 mark. Nearly a minute later, Perini found the back of the net two times in the next 23 seconds. Perini used a Matt Mersky assist from behind the net on his first goal before tallying an unassisted goal with 5:07 remaining in the opening quarter to cut the Stony Brook lead to 6-3.

After the Seawolves stretched the lead back to four (7-3), Lafayette used Perini's third goal of the afternoon off a Matt Beck assist. Mersky got the Leopards back to within two (7-5) when he beat Stony Brook goalkeeper Charlie Paar at the 10:04 mark.

Stony Brook answered with two more goals, including one from Jordan McBride, who totaled five goals on the afternoon. Perini ended the first half scoring with 4:28 remaining off another Mersky assist to keep the Lafayette deficit at three (9-6) at halftime.

Senior John Galassi opened the second half scoring to make the score 9-7 with 12:49 remaining in the third quarter. However, the Seawolves again pulled away, scoring three goals between the 9:05 mark of the third quarter and 10:53 left in the final frame.

The Leopards didn't go quietly, creating multiple chances in the final 10 minutes. Following a Lafayette timeout, Brett Djaha baited his defender into a screen before going the opposite way and notching an unassisted goal with 8:02 left.

Sophomore Stefan Bauer finished off the scoring with 1:03 remaining in the contest off Mersky's third assist of the afternoon to cap off a 12-9 Stony Brook victory.

Senior goalkeeper Jeff Canfield tallied nine saves on the afternoon for the Leopards. Lafayette outshot the Seawolves 40-31 in the game, including 12-3 in the final frame, forcing Paar to make 13 saves for Stony Brook.

Stony Brook held a steady advantage in face-offs, winning 16-of-25 inside the circle.

Lafayette will take the rest of the week to prepare for Drexel on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, Pa. Face-off is set for noon.