STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan men's lacrosse team battled hard against gusting winds and Capital but dropped a 20-7 final to the Crusaders, Saturday afternoon.
Capital came out firing and scored the game's first five goals to quickly take a 5-0 lead just over five minutes into action. Sophomore captain Mike Rosaschi halted the Crusader run with his ninth goal of the season. Captial won the previous faceoff but promptly turned the ball over and junior Paul Modzelewski picked it up and gave Rosaschi a quick feed in front of the net for the Barons' first tally. Capital closed out the quarter on a 4-1 run to lead 9-2 after the first 15 minutes.
Once again, Capital kicked off the quarter's scoring with a pair of goals to build a 11-2 lead. Junior Leo Munday scored his first goal of the season to cut into the Crusader lead. Sophomore Mark Hanlon closed out the half with his first of the game as Capital took a 14-5 lead into the half.
The Baron defense seemed to settle down in the third quarter as they staved off a powerful Crusader offense and held them to six goals over the remaining 30 minutes of play.
"I am just really proud of how the guys played today," complimented head coach Pete Rosaschi."They hung tough with a very good team, a very well coached team and played clean lacrosse."
The Barons committed a season-low 14 turnovers and were 14-18 on clears. Capital won the groundball battle by a narrow 39-36 margin.
The barons continue their home schedule on Wednesday as they host St. Vincent for a 5:30 pm start.