LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Felician University men's lacrosse team had difficulty controlling and maintaining possession in its 12-3 non-conference loss to visiting St. Thomas Aquinas College on Tuesday evening at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. Tuesday's game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but was moved up due to the anticipated effects of Winter Storm Toby.
Felician (0-6) turned the ball over 23 times on the night, with just 10 credited as being caused by the Spartans. The Golden Falcons attempted 18 shots, putting only seven of them on goal, while allowing 34. St. Thomas Aquinas was also successful on all 13 of its clear attempts.
Freshman midfielder/attack Mike Guaragno (Montgomery, N.Y./Valley Central) had a hand in all three Felician scores with two goals and an assist. Classmate Evan Turner (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) also tallied for the Golden Falcons. STAC sophomore midfielder Tyler Senatore (West Haverstraw, N.Y./North Rockland) registered four goals and one assist, and topped all individuals with 10 shots.
Felician was ending a nine-day layoff, and showed early signs of rust. The Spartans collected first-period statistical advantages of 12-1 in shots, 15-3 in ground balls and 9-5 in opponent turnovers in opening up a 4-0 lead. The Golden Falcons trailed, 5-0, before Patrick McAndrew (Newton, N.J./Morris Hills) set up Guaragno with two minutes, 47 seconds, remaining before halftime.
Ahead, 6-2, STAC scored twice in the final 3:06 of the third period, including a man-up goal by Paul Rhodes (Highland, N.Y./Highland) with 1:47 left, to take full control. By the time Turner found the net for Felician, his team trailed by eight and only 2:31 remained in the contest.
Golden Falcon freshman goalie Pat Hemmer (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) made 14 saves and was one of four Felician players with three ground balls. Turner was 4 for 5 on face-offs. Senior Briele Caples (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequiot) recorded a goal and five assists for the Spartans (2-3).
Felician is scheduled to conclude its non-conference slate by travelling to Rockville Centre, N.Y., on Saturday for a 3 p.m. face-off with Molloy College.