April 13, 2019
Men's Lacrosse Tops Queens to Move Into Tie Atop SAC Standings
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba shook off a pair of tough losses and knocked off 10th-ranked Queens 13-12 on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium to move into a three-way tie atop the South Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse standings. The 19th-ranked Catawba Indians improve to 9-4 overall and 6-1 in the SAC, while the Royals fall to 11-2 and 6-1.
Catawba built a 13-9 lead late in the third quarter and rode the goaltending of Kevin Geiger to the win. Geiger made five of his 16 saves in the final quarter. Queens had possession for the final minute of the game, but the Indians defense did not allow a shot by the Royals.
Queens led 3-2 after a quarter, but Catawba reeled off five straight to begin the second quarter and led the rest of the way. Cole Fanzo scored two of his five goals in that run that was capped on a Robert Morrison goal with 3:11 left in the quarter.
The Royals pulled within 8-5 at the break with a pair of goals int eh final 1:12 of the half. The final one came by Quinn Tallant with just five seconds on the clock. Justin Swack scored midway through the third quarter to get Queens within 9-8.
Catawba responded with a pair of goals a minute apart. Tony Bellotte notched the first at 7:12 and Christian Norrie followed at 6:12. Fanzo added another at 4:09 to push the margin to 12-8. Fanzo tallied the final Catawba goal of the game at the 1:38 mark of the quarter.
Queens got another goal in the final seconds of the third quarter, but over the first 10 minutes of the final quarter neither team could put a shot past either goalie. Tallant cut the margin to 13-11 with 4:29 remaining on a man-up goal and David Byrne made it 13-12 with 2:33 left, but Catawba held on.
Fanzo led Catawba with five goals. Morrison and Norrie each had two goals and two assists. Bellotte scored twice with one helper. Shawn Casebolt won 19-of-28 face-offs and had five ground balls. Geiger had has 16 saves and caused a turnover.
Tallant had three goals for Queens. Reed Murphy had two with seven Royals scoring once. Byrne had a goal and two assists with Kealan Pilon handing out three assists. Kyle Hornik posted three saves for Queens. Anthony Valenza came in after the final Catawba goal and stopped one shot over the final 16 minutes.
Catawba will close out the regular season at Tusculum on Saturday at 3 p.m.
|No events scheduled until September 5|