BY ELISE PERSON
Despite a strong second-half run, the men’s lacrosse team was defeated at home by St. Johns University with a score of 15-17 on Saturday, Feb. 22.
The St. Johns University Red Storms scored the first two goals of the game within the first five minutes. Junior attacker Will Snelders then scored a goal in the back of the net to end the Red Storm’s run. Less than a minute after Snelder’s goal, sophomore attacker Jake Gillis scored to make it an even score of 2-2.
However, the Red Storms took back control of the game and went on a fivegoal run in the first quarter and into the second. There were only seconds left in the third quarter when the Sharks took back momentum of the game. Graduate student Alex Russell scored off an assist from Jake Gillis to make the score 9-16 with the Red Storms in the lead.
In the fourth quarter, senior Dylan Villari kicked off a scoring spree for the Sharks. Over the next six and a half minutes, three more Shark attackers would score. With just a little under six minutes left to play in regulation, St. John’s scored their last goal of the game and brought the score to 13-17.
In the final five minutes, the Sharks had a strong defense and scored two more goals. However, a strong fourth quarter and outscoring St. Johns 6-1 was not enough for the Sharks and St. Johns University stood as winners.
Although the game ended in a loss, the Sharks showed great promise offensively with eight different goal scorers. Freshman Richie Lacalandra and junior Will Snelders had three goals each and led the Sharks in scoring. Lacalandra also added two assists to finish the day with five points.
Next up for the Sharks is a game against Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m.