Patchogue, NY| The St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's lacrosse team dropped a 10-9 decision to Manhattanville College in a non-conference contest at Danzi Stadium on Sunday evening. With the loss the Golden Eagles fall to 0-2 on the season as the Valiants improve to 1-1.
Chris Nielsen opened the scoring 1:35 into the contest for the Golden Eagles, and later Casey Hickey doubled SJC's goal total at 11:50. Consecutive goals from Manhattanville's Andrew Murray tied the game up at two with 4:27 remaining in the quarter, but back-to-back goals by Jack Murray and Scott Reece put the Golden Eagles ahead 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.
The Valiants knotted the game up at four on Murray's third goal of the contest at 12:12 and pulled ahead with a Will Duval goal two minutes later. After a scoreless 10 minutes, Josh Shaw ended the first half with a diving shot outside of the crease to ensure the score was tied at halftime.
Two goals in the opening half of the fourth for Manhattanville tied the game at eight before Tristan Green's tally with 5:05 to play saw the guests take their second lead of the evening.
TJ Caccavo tallied his second goal to put the visitors' ahead 10-8 moments later, and SJC, looking to stop the bleeding, got back on the board after Murray rifled a shot past the keeper to pull SJC to within one with 3:54 to play.
St. Joseph's would only muster up two shots in the final minutes but in the end it was not enough as the hosts fell 10-9.
Shaw led the Golden Eagles with five points (1g, 4a) and Riley, Hickey, and Murray tallied two goals each.
The Golden Eagles dominated in faceoffs with a 18-4 margin over Manhattanville, and picked up 40 ground balls compared to Valiants' 21.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Tuesday, March 7 when they host St. Thomas Aquinas College for a 7:00pm contest at Danzi Stadium. Live stats for the game will be available here.