Embry-Riddle Men: Dominant Fourth Quarter Leads Men’s Lacrosse to 16-9 Victory Over Emmanuel

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via Embry-Riddle press release, photo by Tavana Mercado

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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Four Eagles registered hat tricks for the Embry-Riddle men’s lacrosse team on Tuesday night, as the Eagles used a dominant fourth quarter to put away the visiting Emmanuel Lions at the ERAU Lacrosse Field. The Eagles (3-4) snapped a three-game skid with their win over the Lions (1-5), and did so by owning face offs (23-4), and out-shooting the Lions 51-31.

Pete Abbes scored a career-best four goals, while Christian Hofer recorded his third hat trick of the 2022 campaign, and both Coleman Jacobs and Gavin Madden scored three goals for the Blue and Gold.

It took awhile for the Eagles to get going on the night, as the visitors scored the first two goals of the contest. However, Hofer’s first score at the 4:43 mark cut the Eagle deficit in half, and that would prove to be all the scoring in the opening quarter.

ERAU killed off a penalty to start the second quarter, and Abbes gor his first goal of the night a few minutes into the period, tying the game briefly before Emmanuel retook the lead, 3-2.

Eagle keeper Lucas Fraser picked up a ground ball around the eight-minute mark of the second, and after the Eagles successfully cleared the ball, Madden found the back of the net to equalize the game. Hofer found Jacobs less than a minute later and the Eagles had their first lead of the night when Jacobs scored to give ERAU a 4-3 advantage.

ERAU did not allow a shot by the Lions over the final eight-and-a-half minutes of the half, taking a 403 lead into the break.

Michael Forte’s face off win to start the third quarter quickly led to another Eagle score, this one from Abbes off a Jacobs’ assist, and despite a Lion goal a few moments later, the Eagles scored the next two, one by Forte, and one by Jacobs, pushing the ERAU lead to 7-4 midway through the quarter.

The visitors struck for two goals to trim their deficit to 7-6, but a beautiful shot and goal by Madden gave the Eagles a bit of breathing room, and Hofer added to the Eagle tally with a score at the 4:23 mark.

Abbes accounted for the final Eagle goal of the third before the Lions scored two times in the final four minutes as the Blue and Gold held a 10-8 lead going into the final quarter.

With momentum on the Lions’ sideline, Andrew Ewalt, who was commanding on face offs all evening, won the initial face off of the fourth, quickly picking up the ground ball and finding Jacobs who buried his 20th goal of the year, and snatched momentum from the visitors and gave it back to the hosts.

That goal started a 6-1 run for the Blue and Gold, with Madden and Hofer quickly following Jacobs with goals of their own.

Leading late, the Eagles’ bench saw plenty of action, and Trevor Niedzwiecki accounted for the final Eagle score of the game, scoring with just nine seconds left for the first goal of his career.

Fraser for the win in goal, improving to 3-4, making seven saves, while Charlie Wilson played the final five minutes of the night.

Ewalt finished 20-for-24 at the face off position, picking up 14 ground balls.

Embry-Riddle travels to St. Louis next week to play Lewis and Maryville on Sunday, and Tuesday, respectively.