Felician Launches Men's Lacrosse Program

Men's lacrosse face-off
Opening face-off vs. UDC. (Steven R. Smith)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Felician University men's lacrosse team played the first game in the history of its program on Tuesday evening at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. On an unseasonably warm night before a healthy crowd, Felician suffered a 21-4 non-conference loss to the University of the District of Columbia.

Men's lacrosse becomes the 14th varsity intercollegiate offering at Felician. It is the Golden Falcons' sixth sport for men.

Freshman Daniel Wright (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue) paced the Golden Falcons with two goals and one assist. Sophomore Edmund Taylor (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) totaled five goals and two assists and junior Zach Hart (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) also scored five times for UDC (1-0).

Felician led, 2-0, in the contest, with a pair of man-up goals. Freshman Anthony Major II (Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis) turned in the first goal in program history, changing planes from straight on with 10:23 left in the first period. Wright assisted on the play, and then earned his first career goal at the 8:01 mark of the first.

The Firebirds, however, netted six goals in the final 5:20 of the first quarter, including four in the final 2:19. The Golden Falcons scored the first and last goal of the second quarter, but UDC put in five in between, the last four by Hart, and went into halftime with a 11-4 advantage.

The hosts were then held scoreless in the second half. All four Golden Falcon goals came with the man advantage.

Anthony Hanratty (Hewitt, N.J./West Milford) had the other Felician goal, and Cody Hildebrand (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central) led the defense with five ground balls. UDC owned a 53-17 shot advantage, with Golden Falcon freshman goalie Pat Hemmer (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) making 15 saves in 46 minutes.

Firebird goalie Nikolas Lund-Murray (New Westminster, British Columbia/New Westminster) earned the victory with six saves. Alan Singleton (Montreal, Quebec/Pierrefonds) scored two goals with a team-high four assists, and Teilen Celentano (Ottawa, Ontario/ESP Louis-Reil) won 21 of 23 face offs to go along with 10 ground balls.

Felician is home again on Saturday to entertain Ohio Valley University at noon.