Ohio Valley Pulls Away From Men's Lacrosse, 16-6

Men's lacrosse players jog to field.
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Ohio Valley University tallied 10 of the game's final 12 goals to earn a 16-6 non-conference men's lacrosse victory over host Felician University on Saturday afternoon at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Freshmen Patrick McAndrew (Newton, N.J./Morris Hills), Mike Guaragno (Montgomery, N.Y./Valley Central) and Evan Turner (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) each scored their first collegiate goals for Felician (0-2). Guaragno finished with two goals and an assist and McAndrew also scored twice.

Sophomore Drew Braden (Wooster, Ohio) amassed five goals and one assist and sophomore Kyle Dunklee (Houston, Texas/Pearland) added four goals and three assists to lead Ohio Valley (1-1).

Felician, which never led, pulled to within 3-2 on consecutive scores late in the first period by Guaragno and McAndrew. Braden found the back of the net with 1:20 left to put the Fighting Scots ahead, 4-2 after one.

That score held for the first five-plus minutes of the second quarter. OVU stretched to 6-2 at the 7:43 mark of the period. The Golden Falcons then received goals 58 seconds apart from Turner and Daniel Wright (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue). The Scots managed the final three scores of the half and entered intermission ahead, 9-4.

Felician began the third period a man up, and McAndrew took advantage, scoring 12 seconds in. But the Golden Falcons managed only one more goal for the rest of the game, and were held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

The Scots accumulated advantages of 41-19 in shots and 35-15 in ground balls. OVU goalie Nehemiah Hunter (Littleton, Colo./Dakota Ridge) earned the victory with five saves, while freshman Pat Hemmer (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) stopped 13 shots for Felician. Joe Ramos (Montgomery, N.Y./Valley Central) led the hosts with five ground balls.

Felician plays the first road game in program history on Sunday, March 4, a noon face-off at Southern New Hampshire University.