Catholic Trips up Seahawk Men's Lacrosse, 11-7

Ray LaPlaca '19 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Ray LaPlaca '19 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

Washington, D.C. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team fell short of their fourth win of the season Friday night. St. Mary's (3-5) dropped an 11-7 non-conference decision to the host Cardinals of The Catholic University of America (6-3).

How It Happened

  • St. Mary's kept pace with the Cardinals throughout the game but never established a lead.
  • Catholic opened up action with three goals in a row for a 3-0 lead at 6:32 as three different Cardinals found the back of the net. The Seahawks pulled within 3-2 with 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter behind goals from junior Ray LaPlaca (Owings, Md./Calverton) and first-year midfielder Jeremiah Clemmer (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown).
  • The two teams alternated goals in the second period with LaPlaca scoring his second of the day with 40 ticks on the clock to send St. Mary's into halftime down only 5-4.
  • Only two goals were scored in the third and both came off of Catholic sticks as the Cardinals tallied twice in a 30-second span to claim a 7-4 advantage.
  • First-year attackman Ben Claffee (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) and midfielders Erich Wuesthoff (Newbury Park, Calif./Newbury Park) and Marshall Rhodes (Potomac, Md./Churchill) helped the Seahawks close the gap to 9-7 at 4:12 but CUA responded with scores at 2:37 and 0:54 to seal its second straight win.

Inside the Box Score

  • The Cardinal defense held St. Mary's leading goal scorer and this week's Capital Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, junior attackman Max Groen (New Haven, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall), to just one shot on the night.
  • LaPlaca finished the night with four points on a game-best three goals and an assist while adding three ground balls.
  • Junior midfielder Michael Bucci (Davidsonville, Md./Severn) scooped up a game- and season-high seven loose balls and went 9-of-21 in face-offs.
  • The Seahawk defensive effort was led by sophomore defenseman Cristian Quiroa's (Simi Valley, Calif./Thousand Oaks) career- and game-best four caused turnovers and three ground balls.
  • Junior goalie Ross Snodderly (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) made only three saves in the loss.
  • Bennett Bradley paced Catholic in the win with three goals and two assists while Matt Michalski was 9-of-17 as the face-off X with five ground balls. In goal, Alex Mulyk notched eight saves, including four in the fourth quarter, and two ground balls for his sixth win between the pipes.

Game Stats

  • Shots: St. Mary's 29, Catholic 24
  • Ground Balls: St. Mary's 25, Catholic 34
  • Face-Off Wins: St. Mary's 9, Catholic 12
  • Extra-Man Opportunities: St. Mary's 0-4, Catholic 1-3
  • Saves: St. Mary's 3, Catholic 8
  • Caused Turnovers: St. Mary's 12, Catholic 7
  • Turnovers: St. Mary's 15, Catholic 21
  • Penalties: St. Mary's 3 for 3:00, Catholic 4 for 3:30

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Mar. 20 vs. Eastern University (2-4) – Seahawk Stadium – 4:00 p.m. 

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