The Franciscan University men’s lacrosse team fell to the Chatham University Cougars 16-5 in its third game of the season Saturday, March 6.
The Barons’ starting line-up included sophomore midfielder Elijah Evans, freshman defense Luke Barnes, sophomore midfielder Jonathan Bookwalter, junior attack Daniel Clayton, junior attack Seth Arangua, freshman attack Gavin Cook, sophomore midfielder Joe Miraglia, freshman midfielder Thomas Pillar, senior goalkeeper Grant McKeown and senior defense William Muraski.
Chatham had a strong start, scoring five goals in the first period. Cook was the first to score for the Barons, scoring an unassisted goal in the final seconds of the first period.
Chatham scored first in the second period. With 8:41 on the clock, Clayton scored an unassisted goal for Franciscan. Miraglia also scored with 47 seconds left in the second period.
In the third quarter, Chatham scored seven goals. The Barons did not score in the third quarter.
Chatham scored first in the fourth period. With 9:15 left in the period, Cook scored another unassisted goal for Franciscan. Then in the final 30 seconds of the game, Clayton scored with assistance from Cook.
Ultimately, Chatham prevailed over Franciscan with a final score of 16-5.
Some game highlights included Clayton winning 18 face-offs for Franciscan, corralling 14 ground balls and scoring two goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Micah Eby recorded a game-high of nine saves.
Cook maintained his strong start to the season, scoring two goals and assisting on one. The team also played their cleanest game of the season, committing only a single penalty.
The Barons lacrosse team will have its first away game next Friday, March 12, at 7 p.m. against the Thiel College Tomcats.