RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Despite outshooting host Manhattan and winning the faceoff battle, the VMI lacrosse team fell by a 12-7 score to begin the 2018 campaign Saturday afternoon at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, New York.
The Keydets (0-1) took 42 shot attempts to 40 for the Jaspers and won 14 of 22 faceoffs, but VMI could not overcome an early 3-1 deficit after a quarter that increased to a 6-2 Manhattan lead by the half. The Keydets notched five goals in the second half but the Jaspers kept pace by registering six of their own to secure the win.
Down 3-0 early, VMI freshman Ryan Perouty scored his first career goal with a minute to go before the end of the first quarter. The Jaspers would tack on two more early in the second period before VMI sophomore John Daniel scored his first goal of the season.
Daniel would finish the game with three goals to lead the Keydets in the loss while Perouty added another goal late in the game to finish with two. Junior Austin Henry and senior Wesley Sanders also put in goals for the Keydets in the fourth quarter. Daniel and Sanders paced the Keydets in shot attempts with 16 and 11, respectively.
Tristan Capes-Davis, John O’Donnell and Sanders were credited with assists as well as freshman Jon Fant, who logged his first assist as a Keydet. Sophomore AJ Krstulovic won 11 of 17 faceoffs for the Keydets.
Defensively, junior Kyle Walsh picked up a team-high five groundballs and freshman Eric Lane caused three turnovers.
Manhattan’s Parker Giarratana led the way for the Jaspers with four goals while Luke Hanson contributed two. Six other Jaspers were credited for single scores throughout the match.
Jasper goalie Michael Zingaro earned the win by earning 14 saves while VMI freshman Bill Osteen earned his first career start in the circle and earned 12 saves in the loss.
Playing in its second of three away games to open the season, the Keydets return to action next Saturday in Newark, New Jersey, to take on host NJIT at noon.