New Haven, Conn. – Sophomore Christopher Magnifico (Glastonbury, Conn.) of the Albertus Magnus College men's lacrosse team netted a team-best two goals and two assists for four points as the Falcons lost to Rivier University, 14-6, on Saturday afternoon at Celentano Field in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) showdown.
FINAL SCORE: Rivier 14 | Albertus Magnus 6
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (2-4, 0-2) | Rivier (3-5, 2-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Junior James May (Branford, Conn.) opened the game for scoring an unassisted goal at the 10:51 mark to give Albertus Magnus the early advantage, 1-0. Ten minutes later, Rivier would tie the game at 1-1 after Kyle Newman found the back of the net against the Falcons' keeper Jack Kerner (Merrick, N.Y.).
Rivier's offense picked up in the second quarter as the Raiders outscored the Falcons, 4-1, to take a 5-2 lead at the half. The Falcons' lone goal of the frame came from Magnifico at the 6:44 mark to cut the visitors' lead to one, 3-2.
The Raiders continued to pick up speed, scoring the first goal of the third just three minutes in, pushing their lead to four, 6-2. However, less than a minute later, Magnifico would score his second of the game off a nice feed from Jordan Garguilo (West Haven, Conn.), 6-3, but Rivier would go on a 5-1 scoring run to close out the third with an seven-goal advantage, 11-4.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
- Albertus Magnus - Jack Kerner (L, 2-4): 14 Goals-Against | 19 Saves | 33 Shots
- Rivier – Matt Cloutman (W, 3-5): 6 Goals-Against | 8 Saves | 14 Shots
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Along with Magnifico, freshman Tyler Sicoli (Shoreham, N.Y.) scored a team-best two goals, including a man-up opportunity in the fourth quarter at the 5:05 mark.
- Colby Larson and Sean Brady led the Raiders' offense with a game-high four goals each while Brady collected three ground balls and a caused turnover.
- Rivier won the ground ball battle, 46-38, and outshot the Falcons, 41-23.
- Both teams registered two man-up goals.
- In the circle, Albertus Magnus was 17-for-24 with two violations while Rivier was 7-for-24 with five violations.
- The Raiders were 28-of-30 in clear attempts compared to the Falcons who were 15-of-24.
- Freshman Jayme Toro (East Haven, Conn.) scooped up a team-best 12 ground balls as well as added an assist and two shots to his stat line.
- Albertus Magnus finished with 27 turnovers and caused four Raiders' turnovers.
- Rivier collected 15 turnovers and forced nine Falcon turnovers.
- Junior Austin Kozak (West Have, Conn.) led the defensive unit with two caused turnovers.
The Falcons return to the field next week against Anna Maria (4/4) and Norwich (4/7).