EMMITSBURG, Md. – Despite scoring four goals in the final quarter, the VMI lacrosse team fell by a 16-9 score to Mount St. Mary’s Saturday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The Keydets (1-2) were still in the game at the half down by an 8-4 tally but allowed six goals in the third quarter as the Seahawks jumped to a 14-5 advantage. Senior Wesley Sanders scored twice in the fourth quarter and Austin Henry and Ryan Perouty also contributed goals but the comeback rally fell short.
Sanders would finish with four goals in the game for the fifth time of his VMI career while freshman Jon Fant added two. Sophomore John Daniel also logged a score during the match.
“I’m disappointed in our execution today,” said VMI head coach Jon Birsner. “We knew they had a lot of firepower and in order to combat that we needed to value the ball and have long possessions to keep it out of their offensive end but we failed to do that today. We had 14 first half turnovers and not finishing the transition that we were creating early put us in a big hole that was hard to get out of.”
Mount St. Mary’s Brenden McCarthy led The Mount with five goals throughout the game while Stephano Mastro added two. Nine other team members scored solo goals for the Mount.
The Keydets took 35 shots at the net and were successful on 16 of 18 clear attempts but surrendered 24 turnovers in the loss. Defensively, Kyle Walsh logged six groundballs and caused three turnovers to lead the team. In a complete game freshman goalie Bill Osteen finished the game with 16 saves.
“We have a short turnaround ahead as we host Wagner on Tuesday," Birsner said. "I’m excited to see this young group shrug this off and get ready for the next one.”
The Keydets and Seahawks battle Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Drill Field No. 2.