Short End of See-Saw Battle
April 5, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette men's lacrosse team continued its hard luck of close defeats on Tuesday evening, as the Leopards fell to Marist 12-11 in overtime at Rappolt Field.
After Marist opened the games with two goals, senior co-captain Cesar Munoz got Lafayette on the board with an unassisted goal at the 9:24 mark of the first quarter.
The Red Foxes answered with a tally to close out the first quarter scoring, a period that saw six penalties (three each) throughout the opening 15 minutes.
Munoz wasted no time cutting the Marist lead back to one to open the second quarter, this time claiming the face-off win and feeding freshman Mike Galione just seven seconds into the quarter.
Back-to-back Red Fox man-up goals stretched the Marist advantage to three (5-2) with 8:51 remaining in the opening half.
From there, Lafayette made its push towards intermission, outscoring the Red Foxes 4-1 the remainder of the quarter. The Leopards used goals from junior Colin Serling, senior Stefan Bauer (Serling assist), junior Greg Allis and Serling's second of the game (Franklin Floyd assist) to knot the game at six going into halftime.
Munoz's second goal of the game gave Lafayette its first lead of the contest at the 13:18 mark of the third quarter. Then, a pair of co-captains teamed up as senior Tom Perini used a Bauer feed to push the Leopard lead to two (10-8) with 12:18 remaining.
However, Marist responded in a big way, rattling off four straight goals to cap off the third quarter and take a 10-8 lead going into the final 15 minutes of regulation.
The see-saw battle continued after Bauer (Allis assist) and Perini opened the fourth quarter with two straight goals.
The teams traded goals (Munoz from Serling) the remainder of the quarter, with the Leopards earning a man-up opportunity and the final possession of regulation but a Red Fox save forced the extra frame.
Marist scored the game-winner following a face-off win seven seconds into overtime.
Freshman goalkeeper Andrijko Andrusko tallied seven saves on the evening.
The Leopards return to Patriot League play on Saturday evening inside Fisher Stadium against Holy Cross. Face-off is set for 6 p.m.