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New Haven, Conn. - Despite a four-goal performance from senior James May (Branford, Conn.), the Albertus Magnus College men's lacrosse team fell short, 10-9, against Emerson College in its season opener on Monday evening at Celentano Field.
FINAL SCORE: Emerson 10 | Albertus Magnus 9
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (0-1) | Emerson College (3-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Emerson controlled the opening quarter, outscoring Albertus Magnus 10-0, and held a 1-0 advantage heading into the second behind an unassisted goal from Jared Brush at the 4:33 mark.
Sophomore Christopher Magnifico (Glastonbury, Conn.) would even the score at 1-1 after a nice feed from Jordan Garguilo (West Haven, Conn.) to start off the second, but the Lions took over on offense, scoring the next three goals, extending the lead to 4-1. Senior Brennan Moore (Meriden, Conn.) would find May for his first goal of the game and would close out the half trailing by two, 4-2.
The duo of May and Moore would strike again in the third, scoring the next three goals to give the Falcons their first lead of the day, 5-4. However, Jared Brush would score back-to-back man-up goals to give the visitors a one-goal edge, 6-5, heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
Emerson held a three-goal lead with 8:18 remaining, until Jayme Toro (East Haven, Conn.) and Magnifico brought the score to within one, 9-8. Stevie Powers gave Emerson a two-goal cushion at the 3:20 mark before May found the back of the net for his fourth goal, but it wasn't enough as the Falcons fell at home, 10-9.
- Following tonight's loss, the Falcons are 1-4 in season openers.
- The Lions leads the Falcons in the all-time series, 3-1.
- Both Emerson and Albertus Magnus scored four goals apiece in the fourth quarter.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
- Albertus Magnus - Jack Kerner (0-1): 10 Goals-Against | 11 Saves | 21 Shots
- Emerson - Bailey Kennedy (3-0): 9 Goals-Against | 7 Saves | 16 Shots
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Freshman Jayme Toro (East Haven, Conn.) and sophomore Christopher Magnifico (Glastonbury, Conn.) tallied two goals apiece for the Falcons while senior Brennan Moore (Meriden,Conn.) added one in the third.
- Rookie Jordan Garguilo (West Haven, Conn.) opened his collegiate career posting a team-high three assists.
- Jared Brush paced the Lions' offense with a team-high five goals on 11 shots while Austin Franklin posted two of his own.
- Albertus Magnus was 19-of-24 in clear attempts as well as went 10-of-23 in face-off wins.
- Emerson won the face-off battle, 13-23, and was nearly perfect in clear attempts, 23-of-26.
- The Lions held a 37-27 edge in ground balls and caused six of the Falcons' 20 turnovers.
- Senior Niko Ames (Sunderland, Mass.) led the defensive unit for the Falcons collecting three caused turnovers.
- Albertus Magnus was 1-of-6 in man-up opportunities compared the visitors who went 3-of-8.
- Emerson's Cameron Radenberg racked up a team-high three helpers as well as added five ground balls, six shots and a caused turnover to his stat line.
Albertus Magnus returns to Celentano Field on Wednesday, March 7th against in-state foe Mitchell College. Face-off is set for 4 p.m. in New Haven, Conn. Emerson is back in action on March 8th at Nichols.