ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Led by two goals from freshman Joey Rockovich during a 5-0 Cardinal run over the game's final 25 minutes, the Catholic University men's lacrosse team posted an 11-6 win at Elizabethtown Saturday in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams.
The win was the fourth-straight in a Landmark Conference opener for the Cardinals (5-5, 1-0) who outshot the Blue Jays 37-26, the ninth time Catholic has outshot its opponent in 10 games this season.
Elizabethtown (3-5, 0-1) scored four unanswered goals in the second quarter to tie the game at 5-5 before each team netted one to start the third. However, Catenacci scored what proved to be the game-winner, his third of the year, just 39 seconds after the Blue Jays tied the game at 6-6.
The goal started five-goal run to end the game for the Cardinals who picked up their third win in five road games this season. Junior Vince Catenacci and freshman Sean Baudo each had two points during the run.
Catenacci found Rockovich with only 47 seconds remaining in the third before Rockovich found the back of the net again just 14 seconds into the fourth to give Catholic a 9-6 lead.
While the Cardinals were make their late game charge, they won 8-of-9 second half faceoffs, forced 12 turnovers and got six saves from junior Alex Mulyk.
Rockovich finished with three goals and one assist while Catenacci and freshman Nick Fanelli each had one goal and two assists. Junior Mark Tocchio and freshman Tommy Welch each had two goals while freshman Mike McShea won 15-of-21 faceoffs and had 13 ground balls.
Catholic will now have a week before returning to action next Saturday, March 30 at home against Moravian for the team's first game on Carlini Field.