EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team pulled back within three after trailing by five at the halftime break against UMBC on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium. However, the Leopards couldn’t complete the comeback as the Retrievers regained control late in a 13-8 loss.
Lafayette controlled the majority of the play throughout, but couldn’t find an answer for UMBC goalie Ruston Souder. Souder stopped 13 Lafayette shots in 56:35 of action as the Leopards had trouble putting their 40 total shots in the game on cage.
Michael Sullivan was dominant at the x, winning 17 of the 24 faceoffs in the game. That dominance led to a 40-34 edge in shots, but just 23 of those 40 found their way on goal.
The Retrievers opened the game strong, scoring the first five goals before Will McCarthy ended the streak with an unassisted tally with 13:25 to play in the second quarter to make it 5-1. A man-down goal followed from the visitors, but Eric Joseph responded with another unassisted goal with less than a minute to play in the half. Unfortunately, UMBC netted a late marker with just six seconds remaining to push the halftime lead to five at 7-2.
The Leopards came out fired up in the second half, as an early goal set the tone. Sullivan won the initial faceoff of the third quarter and took it right to goal, feeding Joseph for the Leopards’ third goal just seven seconds in.
Less than a minute later, Dillon Confalone got in on the action as his unassisted rip found the net to cut the edge to three at 7-4 with 13:55 remaining in the third. The teams traded goals to finish out the third quarter before penalties hurt the Leopards’ chances.
A pair of man-up goals from the visitors to open the final quarter put the momentum back on the UMBC sideline, leading 10-5 with 9:37 left. Three goals from each team would finish out the game with a final of 13-8.
Matt Close and Joseph each tallied a pair of goals for the Maroon and White, while Jason Sands recorded a goal and two assists. Ben Falcone made nine saves between the pipes for the Leopards, and Erik Cannon and Josh Hubbard each posted a pair of caused turnovers, respectively.
Lafayette hits the road on Tuesday for the second of its two-game non-conference break, traveling to West Long Branch, N.J. to take on Monmouth at 3 p.m.