Immaculata vs. Desales
March 3, 2012
The Game Story:
IMMACULATA, Pa. – A furious late rally by Immaculata's men's lacrosse squad midway through the fourth quarter was not enough to overcome visiting DeSales, 12-9, on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action.

Trailing 10-4 with 12 minutes remaining in the game, the Mighty Macs scored four consecutive goals in just under five minutes to cut their deficit to two (10-8) with 5:42 left. Jordon Smith started the stretch with his first goal of the season off a pass from Ben Tuscai. Mike Boyd then netted two straight goals, both unassisted as both of his goals came off DeSales turnovers right around the midfield line. Joey Shallow than scored his third goal of the day with an assist to Tuscai.

DeSales didn't rest though, answering with two goals just 1:16 apart to increase its lead back to four (12-8). Tuscai scored the Mighty Macs' final tally of the afternoon with 2:30 remaining in the game as Boyd assisted.

Shallow and Tuscai each recorded four points as Shallow had three goals and one assist while Tuscai contributed two goals and two assists. Boyd finished with two goals and one assist for three points. Smith and Tayler Acree each added one goal to the scoring.

Immaculata goalkeeper Jon Diodati made 14 saves in 60 minutes of action. DeSales goalie Jake Ross was credited with 11 stops in the win.

The Mighty Macs led midway through the first quarter for their second advantage of the game. Tuscai scored the game's first goal at the 10:15 mark, but the Bulldogs found the back of the net just over a minute later. Shallow's first goal of the game at the 6:45 mark of the opening quarter put Immaculata up 2-1, before DeSales rattled off three straight goals.

DeSales led just 5-3 at halftime, but had pushed its lead to 8-4 after the third quarter.

Evan Burns led the Bulldogs with four goals and two assists. Lance Bracale and Ryan Rowse each chipped in three goals.

Immaculata closes its three-game home stand to start the season on Wednesday, March 7, hosting Albright at 4 p.m. at Draper Walsh Stadium.