FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Marymount (Va.) University men's lacrosse team opened up the 2017 season on Saturday afternoon in North Carolina, falling behind in the fourth quarter to drop a 12-7 decision to Methodist University.
Through the first quarter, the Saints and Monarchs were neck-and-neck, taking a 2-2 score through the first 15 minutes. Although Methodist found the back of the net first, it wasn't even two minutes later that junior Dylan Watkins threaded a ball to junior Nathan Beard for the finish at the 7:25 mark to even it back up.
Not long after Beard's goal, sophomore Matthew Ebert went solo on the attack to put away his first goal of the season to give the Saints the lead, but the Monarchs answered in the final minute of the quarter to draw it even headed to the next period.
The second 15-minute stretch was all Marymount, outscoring Methodist, 3-1, to take a 5-3 advantage to the half. Ebert and Beard sandwiched a Monarch goal with their second finishes of the game, while Beard connected with sophomore Sean Friedman on a man-up opportunity at the 1:13 mark to push the two-goal advantage.
The third quarter didn't see much scoring, but the two goals that were scored were both by Methodist, evening the scoreboard up at 5-5 headed to the final quarter.
In the first minute of the fourth quarter, the Monarchs reclaimed the advantage, but a little over 30 seconds later, senior Kellen McCarthy caught a dish from Beard to draw it back even at 6-6. Methodist continued to find offense through the remainder of the game, finding the back of the net six more times. Ebert added one more to complete his hat trick of goals for the day, but the Saints came up short on the comeback, 12-7.
Sophomore Grey Clarkson tended the cage for the full 60 minutes, turning away 13 shots while scooping up a game-high five groundballs.
The Saints return to action on Saturday, February 18, hosting Southern Virginia University for a Capital Athletic Conference matchup in their home opener at Long Bridge Park. First faceoff is set for 1 p.m.