SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – The Embry-Riddle men’s lacrosse team lost by a narrow margin, 10-9, to Maryville (Mo.) at the Saints’ University Lacrosse field on Wednesday.
The Eagles got a strong performance in goal from Lucas Fraser who bettered his own ERAU single-game saves record with 21 in Wednesday’s game. Coleman Jacobs finished with four points on three goals and an assist, while Mark Urso and Christian Hofer netted two goals each.
Urso scored two goals off the face-off, including the fastest goal scored in program history that gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead just nine seconds into the game. The teams traded goals through the first five and a half minutes of play, but the Saints tallied three quick scores late in the first quarter to open a 5-3 lead.
The second quarter was marked by defense as neither team was able to find the net. The Saints outshot the Eagles 12-6, but Fraser was up to the task as he turned back all eight shots on frame and at the half, the score remained 5-3 in favor of Maryville.
Maryville scored the first two goals of the third period, but the Eagles capitalized on a man-up opportunity and a Saints turnover to narrow the gap to 8-6. At the end of an event third quarter that saw each side score four goals apiece, the home team still held on to a two-goal lead (9-7).
The fourth quarter seemed destined to mirror the second as a scoreless drought marked the first five minutes of play. Maryville finally broke through for their only goal of the period at the 9:57 mark as the Eagle defense kept the Saints off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest.
With 5:45 left in the game, Jacobs picked up a ground ball and finished the play with his second goal of the day to make the score 10-8 for Maryville. With just over a minute remaining, Jacobs struck again, finishing a Gage Poindexter pass to cut the lead to one (10-9). Urso won the next faceoff for the Blue and Gold and the Eagles had a couple of looks at the goal, but both attempts missed the mark.
After a Maryville timeout, the Eagles had possession behind their goal with six seconds left. Poindexter’s pass found Marcus Needham curling toward the goal, but Needham’s shot was blocked and the Saints were able to escape with the win.
The Eagles are currently in the middle of a five-game road swing which continues with a trip to Savannah, Georgia to take on Lander at 2 p.m. on Saturday.