Late man-up goal spoils Sabre men's lacrosse home opener

Jeremy Eisele looks up field.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. - In the inaugural game at Smith Field, Marian University men's lacrosse (2-7, 0-2 MLC) was defeated by Cornell 5-4.

The opening period only saw one shot go on goal and it happened to be a Ram goal that gave Cornell an early 1-0 lead.  The Sabres answered at the 10:31 mark when Garrett Houlihan found the back of the net with an assist to Brandon Baschnagel.  Cornell would retake the lead before Baschnagel evened the score with 3:31 remaining until halftime with an assist to Nick Klotz.

The Rams were able to take the first lead out of halftime before G. Houlihan found the back of the net at 7:28 and 4:31 to give Marian their first lead of the game at 4-3 heading into the final period. 

Cornell managed to tie the game with 8:21 left to play before a slashing penalty gave the Rams a man-up opportunity with only 1:38 left to play.  The Rams were able to make the most of their opportunity scoring the only man-advantage goal of the game with 1:05 left to seal the win.

G. Houlihan led the offense with his second consecutive hat trick, while Baschnagel had his third multi-point game of the year.  In defense, Tommy Gerlach led the Sabres with four ground balls, while Marcus Fosdick had a pair of caused turnovers.

Gavin Taquino made nine saves on 14 shots for a 64.3-percent save percentage.

The Sabres led the game in shots by a 22-19 margin including a second quarter that saw the Sabres outshoot the Rams 14-4.  In the final quarter, however, the Rams recorded five total shots and held Marian to only one.

Marian next travels to the University of Northwestern for a 1 p.m. start Saturday, March 24.

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