Despite Setting Scoring Record, Men's Lacrosse Falls In OT

Evan Turner (22) scored a school-record four goals in a Mar. 7, 2019, loss at Notre Dame de Namur. (Steven R. Smith)
Evan Turner (22) scored a school-record four goals in a Mar. 7, 2019, loss at Notre Dame de Namur. (Steven R. Smith)

BELMONT, Calif. – The Felician University men's lacrosse team set the school single-game scoring record, but was defeated, 15-14, in overtime by host Notre Dame de Namur University on Thursday evening at Koret Field.

The contest was the first in the two-year history of the Golden Falcon program decided in extra time.

Sophomore attack Evan Turner (Rockaway, N.J.) became the first player in Felician history to score four goals in a game. NDNU sophomore midfielder Jacob McFarland (Portland, Ore.) led all players with five goals and added an assist. The Argonauts (1-5) received a strong two-way effort from sophomore Bennett Duffy (Everett, Wash.), who recorded two goals, eight assists, 13 ground balls, three caused turnovers, and 15 faceoff wins in 25 tries.

NDNU out-shot the Golden Falcons, 4-0, in overtime. Felician sophomore goalkeeper Pat Hemmer (Staten Island, N.Y.) made two saves in the extra session, but with 1:03 to play, Duffy picked up a ground ball and fed Argo sophomore Ryan Elston (San Jose, Calif.) for the game-winner.

NDNU tallied three goals in the final two minutes of the first quarter to exit the period with a 5-2 lead. By the time 4:32 remained in the second, the Golden Falcons had evened the score, and both teams found the cage in the final 30 seconds of the half to enter the break tied, 6-6.

Both offenses found their stride in period three, which featured three lead changes and ended with the visitors on top, 11-10. The score was tied on four occasions in the fourth quarter, the last time when Felician sophomore James D'Albora (Staten Island, N.Y.) made it 14-14 with 1:30 to play. Hemmer stopped an Elston offering at 0:41, and a shot by Ausar Wright (Pemberton, N.J.) caromed off a goalpost with just six ticks remaining.

D'Albora and Wright each recorded three goals and one assist for Felician (0-3). Golden Falcon freshmen Jose McLean-Byrd (Bronx, N.Y.) and Jason Gusciora (Saddle Brook, N.J.) both scored the first goals of their college careers. McLean Byrd was 14 for 29 in the faceoff circle and added a team-high seven ground balls.

Hemmer finished with 16 saves and three ground balls. His Argo counterpart, Garrett Netter (Everett, Wash.), stopped eight shots.

Felician will play Colorado State University-Pueblo on Saturday on the NDNU campus.