WESTMINSTER, Pa. - The Franciscan men's lacrosse team out-scored Westminster 9-8 in the second half but couldn't overcome a four-goal deficit as the Titans dealt FUS its first loss of the year, 16-13.
Sophomore Joe Lomady was on fire for the Barons as he scored seven of the team's 13 goals. Senior Paul Modzelewski and sophomore Dan McCartney each chipped in a pair of goals and an assist while junior Jonas McCaig added one. Freshman Michael Araps scored his first collegiate goal in the first quarter.
It was Araps goal about halfway through the first that got the Barons on the board and tied the game at 1-1. The Titans took over from there and rattled off three goals to take 4-1 lead after the first.
Lomady opened the second quarter with his first goal of the game to cut the lead in half, but Westminster answered to push the lead back to 5-3. McCartney and Lomady sandwiched goals around a Titan score to get within two, 6-4, but Westminster closed out the half with a pail of goals to take a 8-4 lead into halftime.
The Titans opened the second half with a quick goal to take a 9-4 lead before Lomady and McCaig scored back-to-back to trim the lead to 9-6. Another Titan goal pushed their advantage back to four goals, but Lomady rattled off three-straight, including a man-down goal, to get FUS to within one, 10-9. Westminster closed out the quarter with a last-minute goal to take an 11-9 lead into the fourth.
Modzelewski scored his first of the game to open the fourth quarter scoring, but the Titans answered with a pair of goals to push their lead back to 13-10. Lomady scored his final goal of the game on a man-advantage with 7:51 to play but once again the Titans had an answer. Modzelewski and McCartney scored the Barons' final tool goals but the comeback fell just short as Westminster hung on for a 16-13 win.
"The guys battled back but just made too many little mistakes and it's hard to come back from that," commented head coach Pete Rosaschi. "The turnovers and ground balls were definitely the difference makers today."
Franciscan gets back underway on Wesdnesy, March 22 as the Barons welcome North Central (Ill) to Memorial Friend for a 4pm game.