Sewanee falls in its season opener against Catholic, 10-9

Sewanee falls in its season opener against Catholic, 10-9

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Feb. 11, 2017) – Despite a late rally in the fourth quarter, the Sewanee men's lacrosse team dropped its season opener to Catholic 10-9 on the campus of St. Anne's-Belfield School.

The match was close throughout. After Catholic, the two-time defending Landmark champions scored first, Tyler Calnan ripped in a shot from Kip McGuire to tie the score at 11:02 in the first quarter.

After Catholic responded with two more goals, Tristian Robinson and McGuire netted equalizers over a two-minute span.

Peter Brown and Jimmy Parker eventually scored goals for the purple and gold, which tied the contest at 5-5 by the end of the quarter.

After a scoreless second, Catholic's offense rolled the first 10 minutes of the third quarter. A goal by Victor Licata and two from Tim Keith pushed the Cardinals' lead to 8-5.

Sewanee answered back as Hayden Hunt scored an unassisted goal with six seconds left in the third.

In the final quarter, Catholic extended its advantage to as much as three, 10-7, with 7:33 to play. Sewanee answered with final goals from George Pratt and Hunt.

Overall, Sewanee outshot Catholic 42-34. The Tigers also had fewer turnovers while earning a 14-10 advantage in groundballs. Additionally, Sewanee was a perfect 14-for-14 on clear attempts while Ryan Stubits won 10-of-19 faceoffs. 

Along with Stubits, Hunt and Robinson led Sewanee's offense with a pair of goals. Defensively, Jake Rubenstein finished with two caused turnovers and a groundball. Joe Randazzo, Pratt, Stubits, Jake Pesetsky, Selby Austin, Parker, and Brown all finished with one groundball.

In goal, Austin finished with seven saves on 17 Catholic shots.

Keith, an All-American in 2016, led Catholic with four goals and an assist. He also had nine total shots with five being on goal.

Sewanee returns to action with a 1:00 p.m. (EST) match at Guilford next Saturday.

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