Sewanee vs. Fontbonne
February 12, 2011
The Game Story:
The Sewanee Men’s Lacrosse team dominated the first half of play and held off Fontbonne’s fourth quarter surge to defeat the visiting Griffins 12-10 and record their first victory of the season. Sewanee went ahead early, scoring eleven goals to Fontbonne’s four in the first three quarters on their way to the win. In the final quarter, the Fontbonne Griffins posted a near comeback, scoring six consecutive goals, but the Tigers held them at bay with a late fourth quarter insurance goal from midfielder Reed Daniel (Houston, Texas, St. John's School).

The Tigers started the scoring early and wrapped up the first quarter up 3-1. Outscoring Fontbonne 7-1 in the second quarter and 1-0 in the third quarter, the Tigers were comfortably in the lead heading into the final frame with an 11-4 lead. The fourth quarter proved to be the strongest for Fontbonne, as the Griffins mounted an impressive comeback, including six consecutive goals to come within one goal of a tie. Sewanee was able to hold off the Griffins’ strong attack in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter to hold Fontbonne at bay and walk away with the win Capping off the Tiger win was Daniel’s last-minute goal.

Sewanee’s underclassmen proved too much for the Fontbonne defense to handle. Sophomore Pierce Leonard (Charlotte, N.C., Culver Military Academy) picked up three goals and one assist, while freshman Davis Brown (Norcross, Ga., Wesleyan School) added two goals and three assists. In addition, Daniel, a freshman, recorded two goals and one assist, while sophomore John Stiefel (Jacksonville, Fla., Episcopal School of Jacksonville)chipped in two goals. Senior Hank Gerrity (Cumberland, Maine, North Yarmouth Academy), sophomore Carson Pfiefer (Louisville, Ky., Louisville Collegiate), and senior Will Grimes (Marietta, Ga., Harrison High School) all scored one goal apiece.

Sewanee dominated Fontbonne in faceoffs, winning sixteen faceoffs to Fontbonne’s three. Sewanee goalkeeper Spencer Graves (Lynchburg, Va., Episcopal School) recorded nine saves throughout the first three periods, while fourth-quarter goalkeeper Tommy Healy (Bethesda, Md., Gonzaga) recorded four saves. Fontbonne’s Chad Meurer picked up eight saves in the first half, while Tommy Carroll saved six shots in the second half.

"We did a lot of things well, but there was definitely a lot we need to improve on,” recapped Tiger Head Coach Marty Watters. “We had a solid first half, but the second half let down is something we need to address. It was nice to see us hold on in the end, though. At the end of the day, we won and it's tough to complain about being 1-0 after three weeks of practice."

The Sewanee Tigers will travel to Nashville on February 26th to play Wittenberg. Game time is set for 1:00 P.M.