ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team struggled on Tuesday evening at No. 14/16 Navy, falling by an 11-4 final score. With the loss, the Leopards drop to 1-6 on the year and 0-4 in Patriot League play. Navy improves to 5-2 and 3-1 in conference contests.
“I thought they were excellent at the x and created a number of opportunities off the faceoff,” head coach Jim Rogalski said. “They turned our turnovers into scoring opportunities and goals, and that was the difference in the game.”
Jason Sands and Eric Joseph provided most of the offense for the Leopards as Sands tallied three assists and Joseph chipped in with two goals. Senior Ben Falcone made six saves in 55:46 of action and Sean Andrews posted two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Shots finished 39-23 in favor of the home side, while the Mids picked up 30 ground balls compared to 26 for the Maroon and White. Navy won 11 of the 18 faceoffs in the contest, while forcing the Leopards into 20 turnovers.
“Any time you play good defense, can’t clear and end up going back on defense again, that’s a recipe for losing games,” Rogalski added. “They’re a good team and good teams will make you pay for that.”
Navy opened the scoring early and often, racing out to a 4-0 lead after the end of a first quarter that saw the Leopards tally just three shots. Lafayette finally got on the board early in the second quarter on a Dillon Confalone finish off a feed from Sands.
The next three went to the Mids, putting the home side comfortably in front by a 7-1 margin. However, the Leopards remained steadfast as a pair of goals from Joseph and Will McCarthy, coupled with a defensive stand at the end of the clock, sent the game into the break with some momentum on the Lafayette sideline, down four, 7-3.
Unfortunately for the Leopards, the second half was all Navy as Lafayette never trailed by less than four for the remainder of the contest. Joseph added his second goal to make it 9-4 in the third, but the Leopards couldn’t convert offensively in the second stanza, falling by a final of 11-4.
Lafayette returns home for a battle with Boston U. on Saturday at Fisher Stadium. Opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.