HIRAM – The Franciscan men's lacrosse team fought a tough battle against Hiram but the Terriers outlasted the Barons for a slim 13-10 win, Wednesday afternoon.
"I am really proud of how the guys played today," complimented head coach Pete Rosaschi. "They played very hard and carried themselves well in a very physical game."
Sophomore Jonas McCaig kicked off the game with his first of a record-setting nine goals less than five minutes into action to give FUS a 1-0 lead. After Hiram scored a pair of quick goals, McCaig tied the game with his second tally of the quarter with 1:37 to play. Greg Summers closed out the first with a goal with less than a minute left to play to give Hiram a 3-2 lead after the first 15 minutes.
"You can't coach nine goals," remarked coach Rosaschi on McCaig. "He is just unbelievable and is playing at a different level." McCaig set FUS' single-game goal record two weeks ago against Oglethorpe with eight. The sophomore broke that record tonight with his nine goals. McCaig also holds the single-game scoring record with 10 points (8g, 2a) which he set against Oglethorpe.
McCaig opened the second quarter with a pair of goals to give the Barons their first lead of the game, 4-3, with 12:07 to play but Evan Pinney tied the game at four all a minute and a half later. Nick Rollason pushed the Hiram lead to 6-4 with a pair of goals, one on a man-up opportunity, with 7:13 left to play before halftime.
Sophomore captain Mike Rosaschi gained possession after a shot by freshman Dan McCartney went high and passed the ball off to McCaig who buried past the Hiram goalie for his fifth goal of the game to cut the Terrier lead to 6-5 with 4:31 to play. The Baron defense was able to stave off the Terrier offense and the two teams headed in to half with a 6-5 score in favor of Hiram.
Sophomore Mark Hanlon won the opening faceoff of the second half and McCartney picked up the ground ball to give FUS its first possession of the third. McCaig made the most of the possession and scored just 28 seconds into action to tie the game at 6-6.
Hiram rattled off three-straight goals to take a 9-6 lead with 11:57 to play. Hiram won the faceoff after the third goal but Hanlon caused a Jared Wright turnover and junior Paul Modzelewski picked up the ground ball. Modzelewski flipped the ball to McCaig for his eighth goal of the game that pulled the Barons within two, 9-7, with 11:34 to play in the third.
Hiram scored the quarter's final two goals to carry an 11-7 lead into the final 15. The Barons out-scored the Terriers 3-2 in the fourth quarter but could not get by Hiram and the game ended 13-10 in favor of the home team.
"We are playing a more sophisticated offense and have players that are able to execute it," remarked coach Roasachi on the team playing at a higher level this season. "We were averaging 6.6 points a game; this year we are at 14.5." Last season, the Barons scored 77 goals in 15 games; through seven games this year, the Barons have already scored 70.
"The offense played really well tonight. We had a really good practice last night and had a lot of confidence coming into today," said coach Roasaschi. "The guys came out hot and played with a lot of consistently. I am proud of how they played. We played well but just came up a little short and sometimes that happens."
After a break for Easter, the Barons return to the field looking to even their record as they host Capital on April 2 at 2:00 p.m.