NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College men’s lacrosse team fell to Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) foe Saint Vincent College, 13-8, at home on Wednesday evening.
Saint Vincent (9-3, 5-0 ORLC) struck first with a goal at the 12:58 mark of the first quarter. Thirty seconds later, the Bearcats’ Jeremy Kennedy scored, giving Saint Vincent a 2-0 lead. With 8:42 left to go in the first, Westminster (4-5, 2-3 ORLC) cut into the Bearcat lead, 2-1, after sophomore Dante Serra (Center Valley, PA / Southern Lehigh) found the back of the net. Saint Vincent’s Anthony Hogeback scored with 2:21 left in the first and the Bearcats would take a 3-1 into the second quarter. Titan junior Ryan Shorts (Westlake Village, CA / Oak Park) opened up the scoring in the second quarter at the 11:56 mark (3-2). After nine and a half minutes of scoreless action, junior Alex Kennedy (Moon Township, PA / Moon Area) found sophomore Adrian Culp (Gaithersburg, MD / Quince Orchard), tying the game at three with 2:21 to play in the second. The game would stay the same at the end of two.
In the second half, Saint Vincent struck early, scoring two goals (14:06/4-3, 12:49/5-3) to regain the lead. Culp closed the gap for the Titans, scoring at the 11:59 mark to make the score 5-4. Saint Vincent answered with a 3-0 run over six minutes of play, capped off by Frank Casile at the 5:17 mark (8-4). Serra cut the lead to three with his second goal (3:18/8-5) and Shorts converted on a man-up opportunity, scoring with 1:16 left in the third to make it an 8-6 game. Saint Vincent would take a 9-6 lead into the fourth. Shorts registered his third goal, just two a half minutes into the fourth (10-7), and Serra converted his third goal of the game with 11:39 to play (11-8). Saint Vincent, however, would hold off the Titans the rest of way, winning by a final score of 13-8.
Shorts recorded one assist and three points, while Serra tallied three points. Sophomores Steven Knight (Wyckoff, NJ / Ramapo) and Ian Ross (San Diego, CA / Coronado) each tied a game-high with four ground balls. Junior goalkeeper Carter Hall (Zeeland, MI / Zeeland West) tallied 15 saves in a complete-game effort.
Saint Vincent led in ground balls, 31-29, while also outshooting the Titans, 47-30.
Westminster is back in action Saturday, April 14 at conference opponent Chatham University. Start time is set for 4 p.m.