FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse squad (6-6, 2-2 NEC) suffered a 19-4 setback at Sacred Heart (7-5, 3-2 NEC) at Campus Field on Saturday afternoon. A highlight for the Hawks was freshman face-off specialist Zach Cole, who went 18-for-24 from the X with 15 ground balls.
Sophomore midfielders Evan Campbell (1Q, 10:47) and Teo Domic (1Q, 6:29), sophomore attackman Nate Patterson (1Q, 2:02), and junior long stick midfielder Josh Bosher (4Q, 14:44) scored for the Crimson and Gray.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mike Adler (6-6, 2-2 NEC) made 16 saves vs. 16 goals allowed in the opening 50:26 while Sacred Heart took 63 shots on the afternoon.
"I said a lot of nice things about our team last week," said head coach Taylor Wray. "They heard a lot of nice things from other people, too. Maybe it went to our head, I don't know, but today we played with none of the competitive fire, grit, or execution that it takes to win at this level. I'm not sure if we thought it was going to be easy or what, but we got dominated from the first whistle to the very end."
The Hawks trailed by just two, 5-3, after the opening quarter, but Sacred Heart scored nine straight and held SJU scoreless in the second and third frames to take a 14-3 advantage into the fourth quarter en route to the 19-4 victory.
"I tip my hat to Sacred Heart," added Wray. "They were hungrier, they were tougher, and they out-played us all over the field. This is one that we will remember for a long time. I certainly won't forget it, and I won't let our guys forget it, because the product we put on the field today isn't representative of the standards that we set for our program."
Saint Joseph's returns home to host Wagner next Saturday, April 20. Opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m., while the program will honor Zach Hare, Thomas LaRose, and Thomas Tarleton for Senior Day prior to the start of the game.