Misericordia vs. Wells
March 13, 2010
The Game Story:
Freshman Kyle Calabro scored four times as the Misericordia University men’s lacrosse team grabbed its first victory of the season, 12-5 over Wells.

The Cougars out-shot their opponents 62-13 overall, and held a 16-4 advantage in face-offs. Junior Joe Lodato went 15-for-18 (.833) on face-offs.

Freshman Matt Gonzalez had three goals, while sophomore Pat McTague added two. Lee Blair contributed three assists. Sophomore Ryan Kay made five saves in goal for Misericordia.

MU won all four face-offs in the opening period, and scored before Wells had even had possession when McTague struck at 13:38 in the first. Another goal by McTague and one from Zach Buckley would stake the Cougars a 3-0 lead with one quarter gone.

Wells pulled one back with 10:50 left in the second, picking up a ground ball after a long battle in Misericordia’s half. Gonzalez answered less than three minutes later.

Calabro made it 5-1 when McTague picked off a goalie pass and found the freshman wide open in front of the crease, but the Express again pulled to within two with an extra-man goal.

With 1:47 remaining in the half, Wells went on a two-man advantage for 28 seconds. MU stopped the threat however, as Kay saved a low shot and the Cougars broke clear.

The Cougars opened the game up with three goals in a 1:30 span early in the third. After a Calabro goal, MU scored again immediately after the face-off, this time from Gonzalez. Just over a minute later, J.R. Lauri struck with a short-handed tally.

Now down 8-2, the Express countered for a goal late in the third, but MU again intercepted the goalie and Peter Paccione finished the break for a 9-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Cougars survived another two-man advantage late in the fourth, this time with substitute goalie Michael Orabona making a save to keep Wells out.

Misericordia's scoring came exclusively from underclassmen, with three sophomores and five freshman registering points.

The Express were kept in the game by goalie Thomas Bowling, who made 10 saves in the first half and finished with 18 overall.