Slow Start Stalls Felician In Men's Lacrosse Loss To Dominican

Men's lacrosse goalie near cage.
Pat Hemmer made 16 saves with seven ground balls during an Apr. 16, 2019, home loss to Dominican. (Artur Workstus '22)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Felician University men's lacrosse team was kept off the scoreboard until fewer than two minutes remained until halftime of its eventual 16-5 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference loss to visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College on Tuesday night at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Junior goalkeeper Pat Hemmer (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) made 16 saves and left Felician (0-11, 0-3) with seven ground balls in 54 minutes. But Dominican took control early, tallying four times in the game's first six minutes, the last three with a man advantage.

The Chargers (3-8, 2-1) exited the first quarter leading, 5-0. They had out-shot Felician, 18-4, and helped force the Golden Falcons into eight turnovers while committing only one.

Dominican extended to a 9-0 edge when Marcos Pierce (Middleburg, Va./Loudon Valley) found the cage at 4:47 of the second. Helped by their own man-up situation, the Golden Falcons finally broke through when Evan Turner (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) found Kwa Fosu (Bronx, N.Y./St. Raymond) with 1:53 to play, but at intermission, Felician trailed 10-2.

Felician junior Ausar Wright (Pemberton, N.J./Ewing) claimed the first goal of the second half. But the hosts could not sustain the attack, and the 10-3 deficit was the closest they would come for the balance of the night.

Wright scored twice and sophomore James D'Albora (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) picked up a goal, an assist, and four ground balls for Felician. Junior Nick D'Alessandro (Levittown, N.Y./Division Avenue) led the Chargers with four goals and three assists, and Pierce finished with two goals, two assists and eight ground balls.

The teams were whistled for a combined 14 penalties. Dominican was 5 for 9 on man-up opportunities.

Felician travels to Post University for a 3 p.m. faceoff on Apr. 24.