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Strong defensive front guides Saints past Knights

Strong defensive front guides Saints past Knights

ARLINGTON, Va. – The backline of the Marymount (Va.) University men's lacrosse team was a stonewall on Wednesday afternoon, causing a season-high 15 turnovers in route to an 8-6 victory over Arcadia University. 

Paced by career-high days by sophomore Hunter McGeeney and freshman Christian Imbruglia with five and four caused turnovers, respectively, the Saints fed off the momentum built in the defensive third. 

A close-knit game through the first quarter sent the game into the break all even at 2-2. The Knights found the back of the net first, but senior Shoshone Smith found sophomore Matthew Ebert to draw it even again at 1-1. Arcadia answered until junior Dylan Watkins connected with a minute left in the period to ignite a three-goal stretch that would span into 11 minutes of the second quarter. 

The defense of MU kept the Knights out of the net until the final four minutes of the half, while Ebert and junior Nathan Beard tacked on the last two goals of the stretch started by Watkins to build up a 4-2 advantage for the Saints. 

In a 20-second stretch late in the quarter, Arcadia drew the score even one last time with back-to-back goals, but Watkins silenced the run with another finish before the half off a feed by sophomore Sean Friedman

The second half was all Marymount, tacking on two more goals in the third quarter to put it far enough ahead to hold off the Knights the rest of the way. Sophomore Dylan Handel scored several minute into the restart before senior Kellen McCarthy dished it off to Beard for the 7-4 lead. 

The final Saints goal came late in the fourth quarter, seeing Friedman cash in on an unassisted finish. 

On top of his career day in caused turnovers, McGeeney registered a game-high five ground balls. 

Sophomore Grey Clarkson earned the win between the pipes, making 10 saves through his 60 minutes of play. 

The Saints will now head on the road for a Capital Athletic Conference matchup at No. 5 York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 1. First faceoff is schedule for 1 p.m.