Bears Drop First Game of the Season

Riley McNulty
Riley McNulty

WASHINGTON D.C. - Coast Guard men's lacrosse could not hang onto a three goal halftime lead as Catholic outscored the Bears 7-2 in the second half for a 11-9 victory Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium. 

The loss is the first of the season for Coast Guard (2-1) while the Cardinals improve to 5-1 on the year.

Senior Blaise Curtis, sophomore Benner Geurtsen and freshman Riley McNulty each had three points for the Bears with Curtis notching a goal and two assists and Geurtsen and McNulty tallying two goals and one assist. McNulty currently leads the NEWMAC with 13 points and is tied for second with seven goals on the season. 

Sophomore Anthony Wyler was the only other multi-point scorer for Coast Guard having a goal and an assist.

Junior Bennett Bradley led all scorers with seven goals for Catholic. Freshman Mark Tochio notched a goal and an assist for the Cardinals. 

After Catholic took a 2-1 lead with 7:27 to go in the first quarter the Bears erupted for three goals with just under four minutes to go taking a 4-2 lead into the second quarter.

Coast Guard continued their run rattling off the first three goals of the second period pushing their lead to 7-2. The Bears were led by Geurtsen who had a goal and an assist in the second period.

Bradley stopped the bleeding for the Cardinals with 5:31 to go in the second quarter scoring his first goal of the game followed by his second just over thirty second later making the halftime score 7-4.

The two teams split the first two goals of the third quarter before Catholic scored the next three tying the game at eight going into the fourth.

The fourth quarter started the same way with both teams splitting the first two goals of the period before Bradley scored the eventual game winner with 6:23 to go in the half. Senior Tim Keith tacked on an insurance goal at the 4:07 mark making the final score 11-9.

Sophomores Connor Ellis, Colin Cashin and Geurtsen led Coast Guard with five ground balls apiece while the team held a 31-26 advantage overall.

Sophomore Trey Johnson (2-1) made 12 saves and allowed 11 goals for the Bears. Johnson is third in the NEWMAC with a 6.03 goals against average and fourth in save percentage (62.8%).

Freshman Alex Mulyk (5-1) made 12 saves and allowed nine goals.

Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday March 8th, when they take on Washington College in nonconference action. Opening face off is 4:00 pm.

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