MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The Felician University men's lacrosse team fell behind, 7-1, midway through the second period of an eventual 12-6 non-conference loss to the host University of Montevallo on Saturday evening at the Montevallo Track & Field/Lacrosse Stadium.
For the first time in its inaugural season, Felician (0-5) out-shot an opponent, collecting a 35-31 advantage over Montevallo. But UM freshman goalie Kyle Little (West Milford, N.J.) was up to the task, making 15 saves and picking up four ground balls in 55 minutes
Golden Falcon freshman attack Daniel Wright (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) had three goals and one assist, setting season highs for goals, points, and shots (9). Classmate Mike Guaragno (Montgomery, N.Y.) scored twice. Freshman Kyle Nichols (Coquitlam, British Columbia) paced UM (3-3) with three goals and three assists.
Montevallo tallied three times, including two scores by Kyle Enkelmann (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia), in the first six minutes of action. Wright cut the Felician deficit to 3-1 with a goal at the 3:31 mark of the first period, but UM scored a pair of backbreaking goals in the final 26 seconds of the quarter.
The 5-1 score held until fewer than nine minutes remained in period two, when UM suddenly struck twice in 14 seconds. After the teams traded markers, Guaragno scored with 0:18 left in the half to send Felician into the break trailing, 8-3.
UM kept the Golden Falcons off the scoreboard for the first 13 plus minutes of the second half, tallying twice to take a commanding 10-3 edge. Guaragno's goal with 13:24 to play in the contest was Felician's first this season in the fourth period. Wright found the back of the net at 0:08 for the final margin.
Freshman goalie Pat Hemmer (Staten Island, N.Y.) had seven saves and six ground balls for Felician, which committed a season-low 15 turnovers. Anthony Major II (Staten Island, N.Y.) also scored for the Golden Falcons.
Felician has 10 days off from competition before hosting St. Thomas Aquinas College on Mar. 21 in Lyndhurst, N.J.