Men’s lacrosse wins two over weekend

Sean Stetson

Over spring break the men’s lacrosse team posted a perfect 2-0 record in wins over Binghamton and Fairfield.  

On Tuesday the ‘Cats faced Binghamton in their season home opener. The ‘Cats fought off a rainy turf and a tough Binghamton squad to post a 15-12 victory.  They were led by underclassman Michael Vigilante, Kevin Cunningham and Jack Rice as they combined to score 13 of the 15 scored goals.  

The first quarter opened up with a quick goal from Mike Brennan as a shootout ensued.  BU’s Tyler Springer tied the game shortly thereafter.  After the ‘Cats responded with two goals, Binghamton scored three unanswered goals ending the first quarter with a 4-3 lead.  ‘Nova owned the second quarter with four goals and a tough defense as the ‘Cats built a 7-6 half-time lead.

In the second half ‘Nova continued their hot streak early in the half as Rice, Vigilante and William Casertano each scored goals while the team conceded two goals to Springer.  However, the momentum and the game never seemed in jeopardy, and in the final quarter, both teams basically traded goals, as ‘Nova coasted for the victory.

On Saturday the ‘Cats hoped to ride their momentum at home against Fairfield.  They did so successfully as they defeated the Stags 8-6 and continued their strong opening to the season.

In the first half, the team played great defense but fell behind early with a 0-3 deficit to overcome in the second quarter.  ‘Nova regrouped and found a rhythm after Paul Webber scored a goal in the second quarter.  They rode their momentum and by the end of the half only found themselves down 4-3.  

As the second half opened, ‘Nova ended up grabbing the lead after one goal a piece from C.J. Small and Jack Rice and an astounding defensive effort.  As the final quarter began, Fairfield scored two quick goals to regain the lead.  However, ‘Nova didn’t give up.  They continued their solid defensive play and ended up scoring three more goals to ensure a two-game win streak.  

‘Nova then picked up its first ever victory against in-state rival Penn State 11-7. Senior Co-Captain Mark Scioscia scored two goals.