PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's lacrosse team led early, but ultimately took the setback Saturday afternoon against the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales University (JWU), 14-9, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) matchup at the SMAC Lacrosse Field.
The Blue Jays relied on their go-to goal-getter, senior attackman and captain Owen LaPorte (Farmington, Conn.), who scored a game-high six goals. He is now in sole possession of first in the GNAC in goals scored (34) on the season. Sophomore attackman Evan Baden (Burlington, Conn.), sophomore midfielder Nicholas Grant (Berlin, Conn.), and junior attackman Matt Guerin (East Longmeadow, Mass.) also scored for USJ. The Wildcats went to their senior for support, the midfielder, Mike Muench (Maplewood, N.J.) who scored a team-high four goals to lead JWU to victory. The contest was all Blue Jays early, scoring the first six, but JWU rallied to net seven of the next eight to even the odds, 7-7, at halftime. Johnson & Wales was just a little bit sharper in the second half, as Muench scored two of his four to cap the third period and give JWU a 10-8 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.
Score: Saint Joseph 9, Johnson & Wales 14
Records: USJ (5-5, 4-4 GNAC), JWU (5-2, 4-2 GNAC)
Location: SMAC Lacrosse Field | Providence, R.I.
COACH QUOTE [Andrew Fink]
"This was our third game in five days, so it's been a long week for these guys. We just couldn't get the job done today, hats off to JWU. Owen [LaPorte] continues to put up big numbers for us, as he did today, he is really keeping us in it. On to the next one."
- The Blue Jays remain unbeaten when scoring double-digit goals (5-0). They are 0-5 when scoring less than 10.
- First-ever meeting between the two squads.
- JWU controlled the ground Saturday, with a +12 advantage in ground balls.
- Saint Joseph struggled converting defense into offense with only 12 of 24 successful clears into the offensive zone.
- First time the Blue Jays have lost after leading at the end of the first period.
NUMBER TO KNOW
1 – Laporte is now at 34 goals this season (the only player with 30), tops in the GNAC so far this year.
USJ – Sophomore Trey McCann (Simsbury, Conn.) went the distance in a losing effort Saturday (5-5), allowing 14 goals on 28 shots faced.
JWU – Senior Andrew Costa (North Providence, R.I.) remains unbeaten (4-0), allowing nine goals on 18 shots in a full 60 minutes of action between the pipes.
BATTLE AT THE 'X'
The Wildcats went wild at the X Saturday, as sophomore defender Mike Catuosco (Commack, N.Y.) outlasted freshman faceoff Samuel Barbetti (Guilford, Conn.) of USJ, and JWU took the overall faceoff battle, 16-11.
The USJ men's lacrosse team wraps up its five-game road trip to cap the 2021 season with their second of two straight matchups with the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales University. The regular-season finale is set for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27.
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