WILSON, N.C. – Palm Beach Atlantic men’s lacrosse overcame a slow start to pick up a 16-9 victory on Monday afternoon, defeating Barton in their second game of a three-game road trip.
PBA (4-2) fell behind early as the Bulldogs (1-6) scored the first four goals of the game but the ‘Fish closed the first quarter by scoring three of the final four goals to carry momentum into the second quarter. PBA outscored Barton 6-2 in the second before pulling away in the second half thanks to a 7-2 advantage.
Three players recorded a hat-trick for the Sailfish with Townsend Brown, Zack Figura and Jackson Miller all recording the feat. Brown added in four assists for a team-high seven points. Miller added three assists as well. Ben Justice scored twice while five other ‘Fish also recorded a goal.
Austin Figas scored the first goal of the game for PBA midway through the first. Figura scored two man-up goals in the second that tied the game at 5-5 but it wasn’t until later in the quarter that PBA finally started to pull away. Gunner Gebelein tied the game at 6-6 with his lone goal and Blake Israel followed 29 seconds later as the ‘Fish took their first lead with 9:01 to play before halftime.
PBA tacked on two more before the half and went into the break up 9-7. Justice and Miller added goals early in the third before Jesse Ball and Figura added two more man-up goals to put PBA up 13-8. Trent Parker got in on the action in the fourth while Brown and Miller each closed out their hat-tricks.
The Sailfish outshot Barton 58-31 and placed 33 on target. PBA also won 18 of the 29 face offs and secured 48 ground balls. Gebelein grabbed 10 ground balls with Israel and Alex Aken each recording five. Figura was credited with three caused turnovers as the team recorded 12. Ben Savick made 11 saves in goal for PBA.
The ‘Fish close out their trip with a visit to No. 16 Queens University of Charlotte on Wednesday at 4 p.m.