Christopher Newport vs. Marywood
March 4, 2009
The Game Story:
Newport News, VA – Christopher Newport University survived a second-half comeback by visiting Marywood University and escaped with an 8-7 win in non-conference men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon. With the win over the Pacers, who were playing in their first game of the 2009 campaign, the Captains improve to 2-1 on the season.

Christopher Newport would score the first two goals of the Wednesday’s game as Ryan Merrell tallied at the 12:04 mark of the first quarter before John Glasser found the back of the net with 6:08 to play in the opening stanza.

Marywood cut the deficit with 47 seconds remaining in the period when William Roerden (Warwick, NY) scored off of a feed from Nick Parks (Emmaus, PA).

The Captains stretched their lead to 5-1 with three goals early in the second quarter before Jamie Beagen (Patchogue, NY) scored unassisted with 4:14 remaining in the first half.

Christopher Newport responded with goals by Merrell and Glasser separated by just 10 seconds to but following a Marywood timeout, Andrew Lozoskie (Forest Hill, MD) set up Roerden for his second marker of the game as time expired to make the score 7-3 at halftime.

Dustin Sturdevant (Binghamton, NY) scored his first collegiate goal with 9:16 to play in the third quarter off a feed from Parks and Stephen Klepfer (Binghamton, NY) scored the Pacers’ third straight goal by finding net at the 5:51 mark.

Rob Koster’s man-up goal with 53 seconds remaining in the third quarter snapped the Pacers’ three-goal run and gave Christopher Newport an 8-5 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

Parks got one back for the Pacers with 11:34 remaining, scoring his first goal of the season unassisted before notching his third assist of the game when Lozoskie scored at the 8:59 mark to bring Marywood to within one at 8-7.

Still trailing by a goal with just over a minute and a half to play and playing with an extra-man, Sturdevant’s bid for the equalizer hit the post and the Captains held on for the non-conference victory.

Christopher Newport finished with a slim 30-28 edge in shots for the game while going 1 for 8 on extra-man opportunities. Marywood, who held a 10-7 advantage on face-offs, was unsuccessful in six man-up chances.

Tyler Jackson made nine sevens in the Captains’ cage to pick up the win. Marywood’s Jesse Habich (Broomall, PA) turned aside 15 Christopher Newport shots in over 58 minutes of play while Eric Luhrmann (Glens Falls, NY) was credited with one save.

Marywood will return to action this Saturday when they play Randolph College. Face-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Lynchburg, VA