BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's lacrosse team suffered an 18-11 non-conference loss in its home opener against Mount Saint Mary (N.Y.) Saturday afternoon on General Ronald K. Nelson Field.
Nolan Frame got the Lions (0-2) off to a fast start with two goals in the opening 10:48 to give Bryn Athyn a 2-0 lead. Despite the early advantage, it would be Mount Saint Mary (2-1) who would lead at the end of the quarter thanks to a three-goal flurry in the final 4:03. Vincent Escudero recorded the first goal and Dylan De Meo scored the first two of his three goals to make the score 3-2.
Andrew Coyle's first of two goals, coming just 38 seconds into the second quarter, leveled the score at three. After trading goals from Ryan Maraio and Jon Carr, the Knights received back-to-back goals from Nicholas Graziano and Danny Kugler to go back in front 6-4.
With the score now at 6-5 thanks Carr's second of two goals, Mount Saint Mary scored twice in a 28-second span to claim a half-high three-goal lead (8-5) with 1:10 left in the half. Cameron Leech—who had a team-high six points with three goals and three assists—scored with just three seconds left in the half to pull the Lions within 8-6.
Kugler, the Knights leading scorer with six goals, ran off the first three goals of the third quarter to widen Mount Saint Mary's lead to 11-6. Frame and Leech kept it close for Bryn Athyn with back-to-back goals.
The Knights put the game away with a string of six straight goals that spanned the final 1:43 of the third and the first 4:02 of the fourth. The run extended the visitors' lead to 17-8.
Coyle, Leech, and Frame all scored in the final 9:28 for Bryn Athyn.
Brad DePasquale made 10 in 57:24 of action for the Lions. Christopher Doerr was the winning goalie with seven saves in 53:49 for Mount Saint Mary. Eli Laikin finished the game for the Knights and stopped four shots.
Bryn Athyn travels to Immaculata for a non-conference contest on Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m.