LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Felician University was held scoreless for the first 22 minutes of its 18-3 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's lacrosse loss to host Georgian Court University on Saturday afternoon at the GCU Track & Field Complex. The game was the first CACC contest in the history of both programs, as the league is sponsoring a championship in men's lacrosse for the first time.
Felician (0-8, 0-1 CACC), which was ending a 13-day competitive layoff, was out-shot, 50-17. Georgian Court used 25 players in the game, including four goalkeepers.
Lion senior attack Michael Saladino (Springfield, N.J.) enjoyed a strong two-way effort with five goals, three assists, and nine ground balls. Saladino led all players with 11 shots. GCU (5-6, 1-0) received four goals and one assist from sophomore Tanner Lee (Boyertown, Pa.), while senior Jeffrey Galatola (Jackson, N.J.) collected three goals and three assists.
The Lions led, 2-0, after one minute, 11 seconds of action. Saladino scored with 14:19 left in the first period before assisting on a Galatola marker 20 seconds later. GCU broke the game open with four goals in the final 5:22 of period one.
The Golden Falcons broke through on the scoreboard at the 7:38 mark of the second quarter on Major's unassisted goal. By halftime, however, the hosts held a commanding 12-1 edge. It was 17-1 before Wright and Major tallied 46 seconds apart in the fourth, the latter with 5:30 remaining.
Troy Longley (Browns Mills, N.J.) paced GCU defensively with nine ground balls and three caused turnovers off the bench. For Felician, freshman Jefferson Jacob (Staten Island, N.Y.) picked up a season-high six ground balls. Freshman goalie Pat Hemmer (Staten Island, N.Y.) had 11 saves and five ground balls in 45 minutes, and classmate Evan Turner (Rockaway, N.J.) recorded an assist and two caused turnovers to go with four ground balls.
The Golden Falcons play their first CACC home game on Wednesday, entertaining Chestnut Hill College at 7 p.m. in Lyndhurst.