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Friedman registers career-high five goals; Saints fall in late comeback to Knights

Friedman registers career-high five goals; Saints fall in late comeback to Knights

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount (Va.) University men's lacrosse team mounted a late rally on Saturday afternoon to get within one of Southern Virginia University, but the Saints came up just short in the Capital Athletic Conference matchup, falling 16-14. 

The Knights opened up the game with the early momentum, capitalizing on a man-up opportunity to take a 1-0 lead at the 12:54 mark. It didn't take even a minute for the Saints to answer back, seeing sophomore Dylan Handel feed junior Nathan Beard for the strong finish and draw the game back up at 1-1. 

Through the rest of the quarter, SVU rattled off three more goals that were split by a goal by sophomore Sean Friedman, as the Saints headed to the second period down two, 4-2. 

The second quarter was back-and-forth on goals, as the Knights found the back of the net three times and the Saints split each of their finishes with a goal of their own. Freshman Michael Posey notched his first collegiate goal off a slingshot from the left side, while Friedman added another goal on an unassisted finish. 

Coming out of the half, SVU registered another to pull ahead, 8-4, but Marymount hit a three-goal stretch to draw back within one. In the run, junior Brent Sulhoff caught a dish by Beard for a finish on a man-up opportunity before Beard added his second goal of the game. Sulhoff capped off the stretch with an unassisted to finish to get the Saints back to a one-goal deficit, 8-7. Unfortunately, the Knights added another five goals before the end of the third while Friedman found the back of the net for the third time in the contest. 

Trailing 13-8 headed to the final period, the Saints began to rally. A goal by Handel and a finish by senior Nick Hohman off the won faceoff cut the deficit to three. SVU cut the run with another goal, but MU came back with two more off a strong finish by senior Shoshone Smith and the fourth goal by Friedman on a feed by sophomore Josh McIvor on a man-up chance. 

Again, the Knights halted the run, but in the final three minutes senior Kellen McCarthy and Friedman tacked on two more finishes to get the Saints within one of SVU with 1:42 remaining. 

Marymount managed to get the ball back with an opportunity to tie up the contest in the closing minute, but a shot by Handel soared just high of the crossbar. Before the end of the game, the Knights added one more to take the 16-14 decision. 

Friedman had the hot stick for the game, tallying a career- and game-high five goals, while Beard and Handel added three points apiece. Winning faceoffs for the day, 19-15, sophomore Christian Lutz and Hohman split with 10 and nine, respectively. Lutz finished with a game-high nine groundballs while Hohman registered six. 

Sophomore Grey Clarkson tended the net for the full 60 minutes, turning away 11 shots. 

The men continue their three-game home stand on Saturday, February 25, hosting Bridgewater (Va.) College for a non-conference matchup. First faceoff is slated for 1 p.m., at Long Bridge Park.