CUA Drops a Heartbreaker to Saints

CUA Drops a Heartbreaker to Saints


CUA Drops a Heartbreaker to Saints
Cardinals score six goals to force overtime


ARLINGTON, Va.- The Catholic University men's lacrosse team lost a tough game to the Marymount Saints (3-6, 2-3 CAC) Wednesday night.  CUA scored the final six goals of the fourth quarter to force overtime but fell 11-10.  The Cardinals drop to 4-6 for the season and 2-4 in the CAC.

Marymount began the game on fire outshooting CUA 8-1 in the first quarter and going up by a score of 5-0.  The Cards played them even in the second quarter thanks to two goals by Danny McNamara (Southlake, Tex./Southlake) and one score from Julian Manolio (Maywood, N.J./Paramus Catholic).  CUA went into the locker room down 8-3 after Marymount found the back of the next for the third time in the stanza with just second remaining.

The third quarter was quiet for both teams.  CUA's Phil Reinckens (Bethesda, Md./St. John's College) put one away at 10:50 but Marymount once again had an answer.  Going into the final period of regulation CUA was looking at an almost impossible five-goal deficit.  To make it worse the Cards allowed a Saint goal at 11:46 to make it 10-4. Despite the clear Marymount advantage the Cardinals came back and scored off of the face-off as Reinckens connected from Matt Barbieri (Gaithersburg, Md./St. John's).  From that point on CUA dominated the quarter scoring five more goals including one with 43 second remaining by Bobby MacArthur (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks So) to tie it up at ten.  

The squads went into sudden death overtime and despite coming all the way back the Cardinal defense couldn't stop Kevin Conklin's unassisted shot less than a minute in as the Saints stole the game 11-10.

Reinckens led the Cards with three goals while McNamara and Colin Whitaker (Doylestown, Pa./LaSalle) each chipped in two.  Conklin had five for Marymount.  The Cards were outshot 37-25 and had 20 fewer groundballs.  CUA played Marymount even in turnover and faceoffs and keeper Greg Kavazanjian (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) had 13 saves for the game.

The Cards will play the second game in a lacrosse doubleheader on Saturday at the DuFour Center.  Face-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.