The men’s lacrosse team opened their Landmark Conference play against Catholic University, one of the strongest teams in the conference on Saturday, March 24 at Catholic. The Rangers led the game after the first three quarters before dropping the game 8-10, as Catholic was able to score three times in the final period of the game to take the win.
In the first half, the lead switched back and forth a few times, as the Rangers led by 3-1 initially, but Catholic went on a scoring spree to take the lead. Kyle MacDonnell (‘20) and Seamus O’Connor (‘20) were able to help close the deficit, bringing the Rangers within two at the half with a score of 5-7 in the Cardinals favor.
MacDonnell and O’Connor teamed up again in the third quarter, each scoring to tie the game at 7-7, MacDonnell then scored once again to give the Rangers the lead at the end of the quarter. The Cardinals were then able to tie and pull ahead in the game in the last quarter, scoring three goals to make the score 8-10.
MacDonnell led the scoring for the Rangers, scoring four goals throughout the game. O’Connor followed with two goals, and Kevin Goettlich (‘20) added a goal and two assists. Joe Palmieri (‘18) led the team with five ground balls; goalkeeper Nate Sanders (‘20) made 14 saves for the Rangers.
The Rangers were back in action on Wednesday, March 28 at FDU for the Battle of Madison Ave. Drew narrowly beat out their crosstown rivals with a 10-9 victory. O’Connor netted the winning goal just before the buzzer. This is the second year in a row the men’s lacrosse team has emerged victorious in the Battle of Madison Ave.
With less than ten minutes left, the Rangers had an 8-3 lead, but the Devils threatened that lead, going on a scoring spurt to tie the game 9-9 with only 39 seconds left in the game. Drew was able to win the following face-off, and an O’Connor goal secured the victory just as the buzzer sounded.
Throughout the game, the Rangers held the lead, with Goettlich leading the scoring with four goals on behalf of the Rangers. Jack Crowley (‘18) added three goals, and O’Connor added four assists in addition to his game-winner. Greg Swenson (‘18) picked up a team-high eight ground balls, and Palmieri picked up five ground balls in addition to winning 10 face offs for the Rangers.
The team will look to add to their winning streak in their next game on Saturday, March 30 when they host Delaware Valley at 12 p.m.