Lewis Nets Three in Loss to Boston U.
EASTON, Pa. - Junior Kevin Lewis returned from a four-game absence and posted three goals and an assist for the Lafayette men's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Field. Unfortunately, he didn't get much help as the Leopards fell to Boston U. by a 16-6 score.
"They're a very good team and the big difference was at the x," head coach Jim Rogalski said. "They did a great job getting a lot of extra offensive possessions off of winning faceoffs."
The x certainly was a factor on the afternoon as Boston U. won 21 of the 26 faceoffs, including losing just twice in 17 chances over the first three quarters. Sam Talkow won 8-of-10 at the x, while Elliott Burr backed him up with 10-of-11.
Those chances led to a lopsided margin early as the Leopards simply couldn't possess the ball in their offensive zone. The Terriers ripped off the first five goals of the game before Lewis netted an unassisted tally with 10:31 left in the second to open the scoring for the Maroon and White. Four more from Boston U. sent the game into the half with the visitors up comfortably, 9-1.
"I thought we fought for 60 minutes and it's not a lack of effort, just a lack of execution," Rogalski added. "We had too many turnovers and we need to continue to work to fix some of those things."
Lewis' second goal of the game opened the second half, cutting the lead to seven at 9-2, but the Terriers put the game away over the next 12-minute stretch, tallying six straight to push the advantage to 13 at 15-2 with 12:31 remaining.
The Leopards never quit, though, as they scored four of the final five goals in the game, including the first career tally for sophomore Luke Smith. His goal at 2:17 proved to be the final one in the contest as time ran out on a 16-6 final.
Boston U. led in shots, 43-19, and ground balls, 50-27. The visitors forced Lafayette into six failed clears and 22 turnovers compared to 19 for themselves. Lafayette continued to be successful on extra-man opportunities, though, converting on three of its five chances on the afternoon.
Senior Ben Falcone, sophomore Henry Vido and freshman Jonathan Anastos combined for 12 saves on the day between the pipes, with Falcone suffering the loss, giving up nine goals and making five saves in 30 minutes of action. Conor Walters and Luke Cummings were the other goal-scorers for the Maroon and White, netting one each.
Next up for the Leopards is a break from conference action as UMBC comes to College Hill on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tilt.