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MEN'S LACROSSE FALLS TO DESALES IN SPRING BREAK FINALE, 12-3

Junior Michael Sousa set the new single-game groundball record with 17 in the win over UMass Dartmouth
Junior Michael Sousa set the new single-game groundball record with 17 in the win over UMass Dartmouth

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The DeSales University men's lacrosse team earned its first win of the 2018 season with a 12-3 win over Emmanuel College (MA) on Thursday afternoon.

After falling behind 1-0, the Bulldogs (1-3) scored the final four goals of the half to take a 4-1 lead.  Emmanuel (0-3) struck first to start the second-half but the Bulldogs took control from there scoring eight straight goals taking a 12-2 lead and never looked back. 

The Saints got goals from sophomores Alex Flanagan (Westford, Mass.), Nicholas Bontempo (Water Mill, N.Y.) and junior Sam Ward (Hampstead, N.H.).

Senior Joe Neggia (Kinnelon, NJ) and freshman Zach Bowen (Middletown, DE) each scored a team-high three goals and added an assist in the win.  Senior Tommy Friedman (Monroe, NY) also had four points with two goals and two assists and freshman Matt Motto (Sewell, NJ) added a goal and assist.

Other goal scorers included juniors John Ramos (Moorestown, NJ) and Jonathan Zito (West Islip, NY) along with senior Bryan Weber (Wyomissing, PA).  Seniors Jake Zito (West Islip, NY) and Josh Harman (Shirley, NY) each added assists in the win.

DU Sophomore Frank Krug (Perkasie, PA) won 7-of-10 face-offs and picked up eight ground balls and junior Matt Barry (Patchogue, NY) made 10 saves.

Emmanuel senior goalie Austin Rosenberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) made seven saves while senior faceoff man Michael Sousa (Cranston, R.I.) grabbed five groundballs.

The Saints are back on Tuesday, March 13th when they head to Colby College for a non-conference match while Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, March 17th when they host Gwynedd-Mercy University.

*Release courtesy of DeSales University Athletic Communications