LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Georgian Court University men's lacrosse team got off 77 shots and picked up 79 ground balls during its 26-6 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over host Felician University on Saturday afternoon at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. Georgian Court (6-7, 2-0 CACC) was the 2018 CACC champion.
Junior midfielder Ausar Wright (Pemberton, N.J./Ewing) led Felician (0-10, 0-2) with three goals and six ground balls, and sophomore midfielder Anthony Hanratty (Hewitt, N.J./West Milford) added a goal and an assist. GCU received a strong two-way effort from freshman attack P.J. Saracino (North Haven, Conn./North Haven), who registered six goals, two assists and eight ground balls.
The score stood at 1-1 after Hanratty set up Kwa Fosu (Bronx, N.Y./St. Raymond) with 10 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first period. But the Lions quickly took control. Just 1:03 after Fosu's score, Devin Bell (Calgary, Alberta) handed GCU the lead for good. Saracino found the cage 19 seconds later, and by the 6:12 mark of the period, the visitors were ahead, 7-1.
Georgian Court exited the first quarter with a 9-1 lead, having out-shot the Golden Falcons, 26-3. The Lions won 9 of 11 faceoffs in the period and held a 23-9 edge in ground balls.
Bell tallied twice in the first 2 ½ minutes of the second quarter, and by the time Felician found the scoreboard again, the Lions had recorded 12 consecutive goals. Hanratty and Wright put the ball in the cage 61 seconds apart to pull the Golden Falcons to within 13-3, but Bell struck again at 0:40 for a 14-3 Lion halftime lead.
Despite the best efforts of Felician goalkeepers Pat Hemmer (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) and Billy Addeo (North Arlington, N.J./Paramus Catholic), the second half followed a similar pattern. In just 43 minutes, Hemmer matched his season high of 18 saves, and during the remaining 17, Addeo evened his career best total of seven.
Bell finished with five goals and an assist. GCU junior long-stick midfielder Troy Longley (Browns Mills, Md./Holy Cross) topped all players with 13 ground balls. Thirty-five players saw action for the Lions, including four goalies.
Felician sophomore walk-on George Hernandez (Paterson, N.J./PCTI) scored his first career goal with 5:05 left in the game.
Felician is home again on Tuesday to face Dominican (N.Y.) College at 7 p.m. in CACC action in Lyndhurst.