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Saints Fall Short in Overtime Thriller

Saints Fall Short in Overtime Thriller

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Marymount University men's lacrosse team hosted Gwynedd Mercy University Wednesday evening, falling in an 11-10 overtime battle.

After the opening face-off, the Griffins took advantage of a failed Saints' clear attempt. After the Griffins' first two misses, the back of the net was found on their third shot of the game. 

With a one-goal edge, the Griffins could not stop senior Matthew Ebert, beating his defender to find himself a 1-on-1 opportunity against the Griffin goalkeeper. 

Three unanswered goals gave the Griffins their second lead of the night, minutes into the second quarter. Six minutes later in a scoring draught, freshman Riley Scales ended their run with an unassisted goal. 

Two goals by each side ended the quarter, including two from sophomore Clark Akers, brought the deficit to just two, 6-4, headed into the half. 

The start of the second half, Akers found freshman Kyle Johnson who beat his man with a dodge that gave him time and room to make the finish. 

The Griffins went on another three-goal run that was ended by sophomore Jonah Mackiewicz assisting Ebert to cut the Griffins lead to three. 

Marymount's defense shutout the Griffin shooters in the fourth quarter, which allowed the Saints' offense to go on a three-goal run. Scales' second goal of the night came from a 1-on-1 at the "X", as he beat his defender to get above the goal line extended to tie the game on a roll back and sling from the right side of the crease to send the game to extra time.

Overtime was decided by the face-off. After the Griffins gained control of the first possession, they ran their offense and ended the game with an unassisted score. 

Akers finished the night with a game-high six points on five goals and one assist.  

Senior goalie Grey Clarkson was between the pipes for all 60 minutes and 48 seconds of the game. He was faced with 23 shots, making 12 saves.

The Saints look to get back into the Atlantic East Conference win column this Saturday, April 6, as they hit the road to take on Marywood University. Opening face-off is set for 6 p.m.