Men's Lacrosse Falls Despite Ample Opportunity

Jose McLean-Byrd won 21 faceoffs and picked up 16 ground balls, both school records, during a loss at Davis & Elkins. (Steven R. Smith)
Jose McLean-Byrd won 21 faceoffs and picked up 16 ground balls, both school records, during a loss at Davis & Elkins. (Steven R. Smith)

ELKINS, W. Va. – Despite setting or tying seven school single-game records, the Felician University men's lacrosse team was defeated by host Davis & Elkins College, 21-7, in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon at Nuttall Field.

Felician (0-7), a second-year intercollegiate program, was participating in its 19th all-time game. Junior midfielder Ausar Wright (Pemberton, N.J.) scored four goals, the second Golden Falcon to do so in a contest. He matched the effort of teammate Evan Turner (Rockaway, N.J.) earlier this season in a Mar. 7 overtime loss at Notre Dame de Namur University.

Freshman Nolan Morrison (Campbell River, British Columbia) recorded four goals and an assist and junior Matt O'Dwyer (Nanaimo, British Columbia) also scored four times for Davis & Elkins (1-7). Senator sophomore midfielder Hadyn Stitler (Nanaimo, British Columbia) matched Morrison's game-high five points, registering a goal and four assists.

Golden Falcon freshman faceoff man Jose McLean-Byrd (Bronx, N.Y.) was successful at a rate of 21 for 27, with the win total breaking his own school record of 19 set in his collegiate debut on Feb. 17 against Barton College. But the visitors had trouble maintaining possessions.

The Senators out-shot Felician 31-15 in the first half, with the Golden Falcons committing a combined 19 turnovers in the opening two quarters. D&E leveraged those edges to lead, 7-0, after one period, and 12-2 at halftime.

Felician created opportunities more often after the break. During the second half, the Golden Falcons owned statistical advantages of 26-15 in ground balls and 30-24 in shots. But relief Senator goalkeeper David Thorne (Huntington, Md.) made 16 saves in his 30 minutes of action and kept the hosts comfortably in front. D&E was ahead, 17-3, in the third before Wright and Jacob netted the final two goals of the quarter.

Teamwise, Felician's 45 overall shots, 22 faceoff wins and 47 ground balls were all program records. Sophomore Jefferson Jacob (Staten Island, N.Y.) got off a record 13 shots, breaking Wright's mark of 12 at NDNU. Jacob finished with one goal and seven ground balls.

Sophomore Cody Hildebrand (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central) had a goal and six ground balls and Turner also scored for Felician. McLean-Byrd led all players with 16 ground balls, surpassing his Golden Falcon record of 10 set twice this season.

The Senators were whistled for nine penalties for the game, but Felician went 0 for 8 in its man-up opportunities.

The Golden Falcons host Molloy College in a make-up game on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Lyndhurst, N.J. – their final tune-up before their five-contest Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference slate.