Cards Win Home Opener 12-3

Cards Win Home Opener 12-3

Cards Win Home Opener 12-3
Groh has five assists in the game


WASHINGTON- The Catholic University men's lacrosse squad (1-0) started off on the right foot Saturday with a 12-3 victory over the Emerson College Lions (0-3) at Cardinal Stadium in its home opener.  Freshman Pat Becker (Telford, Pa./Souderton) along with junior Kyle Brant (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's) each notched a pair of goals for CUA as the Cards shutout the Lions in the second half.

CUA had to shake the rust off in the first half as the squad dominated statistically but couldn't find the back of the net.  Emerson scored first but midway through the opening quarter Tim Rettaliata (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) hit a goal off of a pass from Mike Groh (Walpole, Mass./Xaverian Bros) to even the score.  The second quarter looked similar as once again the Lions went ahead but at 12:44, Becker made his first to knot it at two.  The teams traded goals one more time before the end of the half making it 3-3 at the break.

The second half was an entirely different story for the Cards who spent almost the entire 30 minutes attacking and held the Lions scoreless.  Matt Montgomery (West Chester, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) got it going early off of a pass from Groh who would notch a goal and three more assists in the half for a big day.  Becker soon added his second of the afternoon followed by Casey Glad (University Park/Highland Park), Mike DiGiesi (Cherry Hill, N.J./St Joseph's Prep), Pat Duffner (Yardly, Pa./Notre Dame) and Jimmy Sinnott (Blue Bell, Pa./LaSalle) making the score 9-3 entering the fourth quarter.  CUA scored two more in the fourth before freshman Chris Idelson (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) ended the game with a goal with just seconds left making the final 12-3.

The Cardinals dominated offensively outshooting Emerson 73-11 and picking up 31 groundballs to their 17.  Greg Kavazanjian (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) was awarded the win in goal for the Cards with five saves while the Lions' keeper Dean Smoller took the loss with 28 recorded saves for the game.

The Cardinals will have little rest as they travel to Randolph-Macon tomorrow to face the Yellow Jackets at 2 p.m.