Seahawks Edge Mary Washington in Pivotal CAC Matchup

Ben Claffee '21 | Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Ben Claffee '21 | Photo Credit: Bill Wood

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse (9-5, 2-1 CAC) edged the Mary Washington Eagles (7-8, 1-3 CAC) 12-10 on Saturday (Apr. 13) afternoon in a pivotal CAC matchup. The Seahawks picked up their second CAC victory with the win and are currently third in the CAC standings with three conference games left in the regular season.

St. Mary's - 12, Mary Washington - 10

How It Happened

  • In a highly competitive game, the Seahawks found the back of the net at the 12:52 mark of the opening quarter. Jude Brown fed Dominic Venanzi who finished for the score. St. Mary's College was outscored 3-1 for the remainder of the quarter and headed into the second stanza trailing 3-2. Brown tallied the Seahawks second score of the game on an extra-man-opportunity.

  • St. Mary's College had an excellent second quarter, recording five goals compared to the Eagles two. In addition, the Seahawks killed a three minute unreleasable penalty and took advantage of an extra-man-opportunity with a goal. Erich Wuesthoff (2), Max Groen, and Ben Claffee (2) buried shots into the back of the cage during the stanza.

  • The Seahawks transitioned their momentum into the third quarter and shut down the Eagle offense. The St. Mary's College defensive unit held Mary Washington scoreless in the stanza, while the Seahawk offense netted three goals. Venanzi, Abe Hubbard, and Groen ripped shots into the back of the net for the 10-5 lead.

  • After exchanging scores to start the fourth quarter, the Eagles put together a four goal scoring burst to cut the Seahawk lead to one. Leading by just one goal, the Seahawks locked down on the defensive end and received a clutch goal from Claffee with 3:23 remaining for the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Claffee led the Seahawks on the offensive end with four points off of three goals and one assist. Venanzi (2g), Groen (2g), Brown (1g, 1a), and Wuesthoff (2g) followed with two points each.

  • Tommy Rinder led the Seahawks on the defensive end with a team-best five ground balls and one caused turnover. Luke McWright, Hubbard, Anthony Sparacino, Brock Daniel, Mason Hoffman, and Groen also caused one turnover each. In goal, Ross Snodderly collected 13 saves.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Apr. 17 at No. 20 Christopher Newport - 4:00 p.m. | Capital Athletic Conference contest | POMOCO Stadium

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