BUFFALO, NY – In a record-setting day for the men's lacrosse team, the Barons rebounded from a tough loss the day before for a 30-14 win over Medaille, Sunday afternoon.
The Barons broke 10 individual and team game records and one individual season record, while three Barons set personal best in points, goals, or assists. As a team, Franciscan set its single-game record for goals (30), assists (13) and points (43) while winning the most face offs in a single game, 31.
Individually, sophomore transfer Joe Lomady put his stamp on the men's lacrosse record book today. His 11 goals, 13 points, and 20 shots are most in program history in a single game. Lomady hit the 40-goal mark, which ties the program's single-season mark with six games to play. Sophomore Dan McCartney set the single-game record with his five assists and recorded a person-best in assists (5), goals (4) and points (9). Junior Mike Rosaschi also recorded a person best in goals (5) and points (6). Freshman goalie Matt Marrenna now has the most wins in a single-season in net for the Barons (4) while today's win sets the program's record for wins in a season.
"Today was as good as yesterday was bad," remarked head coach Pete Rosaschi. "We set several big team and individual records while we had a couple guys post personal bests, it was a good day."
The game opened with an action-packed first quarter. Senior Spenser Hilton opened the scoring just 11 seconds into action. Lomady won the opening face off and picked up the ground ball which he flipped to Hilton for the score. Lomady won the next face off and after McCartney's shot went wide, took it to goal himself to give FUS a 2-0 lead. Medaille took the lead 3-2 with three-straight goals but Franciscan scored the next four thanks to a pair from junior Jonas McCaig and one each from McCartney and Lomady to take the lead, 6-3. Medaille sandwiched a pair of goals around Lomady's third of the quarter before McCartney kicked off a five-goal run to take a commanding 12-5 lead after the first quarter.
Rosaschi opened the second quarter with a goal before Medaille scored two-straight to cut the lead to 13-8. Lomady then sandwiched a pair of goals around a Medaille tally to push the Franciscan lead to 15-9 with 7:03 to play in the half. Medaille's Jake Rush scored with just eight seconds to go before halftime but the Barons wouldn't be outdone as Lomady won the next face off, picked up the ground ball and raced to cage to score the final goal of the half with two seconds left and the Barons carried the 16-10 lead into halftime.
McCaig scored the first goal of the second half and led the Barons on a 4-0 run to take the 20-10 lead with 8:45 to play in the third quarter. After Medaille scored back-to-back goals, Lomady kicked off another 4-0 run for Franciscan to close out the third quarter and give Franciscan a 24-12 lead.
Rosaschi and Lomady scored back-to-back goals to open the fourth quarter before Medaille scored on a man-up opportunity with 9:19 to play. McCaig tallied back-to-back goals to give Franciscan a 28-13 lead with 7:52 to play. Medaille scored its last goal with 5:43 to play and Rosaschi and Lomady scored the game's final two goals to seal the 30-14 win for the Barons.
Marrenna made eight saves in the win for the Barons. Franciscan was 19-for-20 on clears and won 31-of-48 face offs.
Franciscan returns home on Wednesday for a 4pm contest with Bethany (W. Va.).