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Early advantage keeps Saints rolling for second-straight win

Early advantage keeps Saints rolling for second-straight win

IMMACULATA, Pa. - The Marymount University men's lacrosse team hit the road on Wednesday afternoon to face off against Atlantic East Conference opponent, Immaculata University, taking the lead early and never looked back for a 15-2 victory. 

Off of a successful clear attempt by senior Sean Friedmanthe Saints' offense got rolling as freshman Riley Scales finished Friedman's assist. Just 54 seconds later, sophomore Clark Akers increased the lead to 2-0 off of an unassisted play, coming around from behind the goal. 

Marymount found the back of the net three more times before the end of the first quarter. Junior Michael Burns recorded his fifth goal of the season, Akers found his second on the afternoon, and freshman Kyle Johnson put himself on the scorer's sheet for a 5-0 lead. 

The Marymount defense continued its strong play into the second quarter, as it forced nine turnovers and kept the Mighty Macs scoreless through the first half. 

Senior Matthew Ebert notched two goals in the quarter to back a strong performance from the underclassmen.  Scales, with time and room, found his second goal of the day, and sophomore Jonah Mackiewicz recorded his first of the day, as the Saints led 9-0. 

At the half, the Saints were ahead in shots 28-5, ground balls 23-12, and at the faceoff "X," converting 6-of-11. 

The start of the second half was similar to the first. Just 24 seconds after the opening faceoff, Burns hit the back of the net to increase the Saints' lead to 10-0. Thirty-six seconds later, senior Rex Rizzuti put the Saints up 11. 

After a Might Macs' penalty, Akers capitalized with a man-up chance, after an Ebert assist. The Mighty Macs fought back and put two away before the end of the quarter but were still down 14-2 heading into the final frame of play. 

The fourth quarter was quiet for both offenses, with one goal scored. Junior Emmanuel Spyridakis put away his second of the season. 

Senior Steve Ferrigno tied his career high, with a game-high five caused turnovers. 

Senior goaltender Grey Clarkson made the start in goal; he saw 31 minutes of play, facing only one shot and making one save.

Classmate Patrick Ruleman was between the pipes for the next 13 minutes, with one save, before freshman Brandon Hall came in for the entirety of the fourth quarter. Hall defended all six shots that came his way. 

Akers recorded his sixth hat trick of the season, as well as two assists, which led both teams in points. Burns was right behind Akers with a hat trick and an assist. 

The Saints will celebrate Senior Day this Saturday, April 13, as they host conference-opponent Neumann University; the opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.