Oakdale, N.Y. (March 9) -- On Saturday afternoon, the Assumption College men's lacrosse team dropped a 14-4 final to No. 7 ranked Dowling College in non-conference play. The Golden Lions, the defending NCAA Division II National Champions, are the second-straight nationally-ranked opponent for the Hounds.
In the first quarter, the Golden Lions jumped out to a 5-0 edge before Assumption sophomore Tim Casey (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) struck for his third goal of the season to make it a 5-1 game. Assisting on the goal was sophomore Paul Curran (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River). Dowling was in control for nearly the rest of the second period as the Golden Lions increased the lead up to 8-1 entering the final minute of the half. Sophomore Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) tallied his first goal of the season for the Hounds though to send the game into the half at 13-3 in favor of Dowling. Junior Ian Mack (Avon, Conn./Avon) registered the assist on the goal from Smith. Overall, the Golden Lions held a 13-3 edge in shots on goal in the half.
After a quiet third quarter featuring just one goal from each team, the Golden Lions pushed the lead out to nine at 13-4 with 6:58 remaining and pulled away for the 10-goal victory.
Casey led the Hounds with two goals, along with one from Smith and one from Mike Jednak (Franklin, Mass./Franklin).
Sophomore goalie Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) took the loss for the Hounds as he made 10 saves, while Myles Harvey made four stops in the win for Dowling.
Assumption falls to 0-3 overall with the loss, while Dowling has now won three straight to improve to 3-1 overall.
Assumption is back in action on Saturday, March 16th as the Hounds travel to Manchester, N.H. to take on Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 Conference play beginning at 1 p.m.
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