Bears Fall to No. 14 Bombers

Colin Cashin
Colin Cashin

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va – Coast Guard men's lacrosse dropped their first game of the season, falling to No. 14 Ithaca 15-5 Tuesday afternoon.

With the loss, the Bears fall to 4-1 while the Bombers improve to 4-0.

Freshman Matty Johnson had a team high two goals while junior Benner Geurtsen finished with a goal and an assist. Sophomore Justin Edwards scored his second career goal while sophomore Riley McNulty finished with two assists.

Freshman Connor Brumfiled led Ithaca with five points on four goals and one assist. Sophomore Ryan Ozsvath scored three goals and one assist while senior Jake Cotton also finished the game with a hat trick. Junior Josh Della Puca also notched four points with a game high three assists and a goal.

The Bombers dominated from the get go outscoring the Bears 9-2 in the first half. Ithaca outshot the Bears 34-13 in the opening periods while also clearing the ball well (13-14).

Coast Guard closed within six in the third quarter (10-4) but were unable to cut into the lead anymore as they dropped their first game of the season. The Bears are 1-1 against ranked opponents this season.

Junior Trey Johnson (4-1) made 12 saves through the first half allowing nine goals. Sophomore Charles McAllister replaced him in the second half making another eight saves and allowing six goals. The combined 20 saves is a program record for a single game.

Sophomore Robby Atwood (4-0) made nine saves holding the Bears to a season low five goals.

Junior Colin Cashin won 10-23 face-offs with five ground balls while junior Connor Ellis had a game high eight groundballs.

Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday, March 21st, when they take on Maritime (N.Y.) on the road. Opening face-off is 5:00 PM.