FRANKLIN, Mass. – Five unanswered goals to start the game propelled the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's lacrosse team to a gutsy 12-10 victory over Dean College (DC), in the first road contest in program history, on Grant Field Thursday afternoon.
Freshman attack Anthony Lupo (Wallingford, Conn.) scored a team-high three goals for the Blue Jays. He also had an assist. Freshman attack Evan Baden (Burlington, Conn.) and freshman midfielder Nick Grant (Berlin, Conn.) netted two apiece. Baden is the only Blue Jay to score two goals in multiple games this season. Five other Blue Jays had a goal each, including the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) goals leader, freshman midfielder Noah Mocksfield (Colchester, Conn.), who now sits second with 11 goals in three games. Freshman attack Greg Centeio (Fairhaven, Mass.) of Dean led all scorers with four on the afternoon. The Bulldogs, down 9-5 heading to the fourth quarter, made a great effort to try and tie it up, scoring two goals in the final three minutes and change, but they ran out of time, having to play catchup the entire contest.
Score: Saint Joseph 12, Dean 10
Records: USJ (2-1) DC (1-1)
Location: Grant Field | Franklin, Mass.
COACH QUOTE [Andrew Fink]
"Our offense came to play today with nine guys in the box score. Dean made a big push there in the fourth quarter, but we always had an answer. I am so proud of my guys today, a great team win against a very strong Dean team."
- USJ opened the game on fire, racing out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter, as Lupo scored twice, and three others found the back of the net, including tallies from Grant, and freshman attack Jayme Hollimion (Blacksburg, Va.) a little more than 90 seconds apart.
- Dean finally woke up in the second quarter and scored four straight times from four different players. A huge unassisted goal from sophomore midfielder Christian Billingsle (Saugus, Mass.) with just 15 seconds on the clock made it a one-goal game into the half.
- The first and third periods were all about the run and gun offense this inaugural Saint Joseph lacrosse team possesses. USJ scored four straight goals to start things off, almost a carbon copy of the first, seizing the moment and taking a commanding 9-4 lead. Grant and Mocksfield stunned the home team by scoring within 16 seconds of each other. The first three goals were scored within less than a minute.
- Desperation kicked in for the Bulldogs, who rattled off back-to-back goals to end the third and start the fourth to make it 9-6. Both teams traded the back of the net through the midway point, before DC added two more in the final few minutes. The Blue Jay defense held serve though, preventing any last-second miracles from finding the cage.
NUMBER TO KNOW
18 – The Blue Jays have assisted on 18 of 30 goals this season, tied for the second-highest percentage of assisted goals in the GNAC (60%).
USJ – Freshman Trey McCann (Simsbury, Conn.) had a busy afternoon in the cage, but was strong in another 60-minute effort, allowing 10 goals but making 18 saves on 28 shots (2-1).
DC – A pair of goalies split time for the Bulldogs, starting with sophomore Alex Govoni (Lakeville, Mass.), who took the loss (1-1), allowing five goals on 12 shots in 30 minutes. Freshman James Rollins (Old Lyme, Conn.) allowed seven goals in the second half.
The USJ men's lacrosse team is headed home for their first GNAC contest in program history, and it is a big one, taking on the defending GNAC Champions, the Cadets of Norwich University. The faceoff is set for Tuesday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m., on the USJ Lacrosse Field.
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