PROVIDENCE, RI – Looking to get back into the win column, the Johnson & Wales University men's lacrosse team couldn't complete a fourth-quarter comeback against Saint Joseph's on Saturday. The Wildcats lost 12-7 to the Monks.
Saint Joseph's: 5-7, 1-3 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 3-9, 2-2 GNAC
Ben Farrell (JWU): 4 goals
Shane Puleo (SJC): 3 goals, 2 assists
Glen Dion (SJC): 2 goals, 2 assists
Goals were scored in pairs during the first half with JWU getting two in a row from Ben Farrell to take a 4-3 lead with 2:50 left in the half. The Monks got a pair of scores in the final 98 seconds for a 5-4 halftime lead.
Shane Puleo's third goal of the afternoon staked SJC to a 9-5 lead just 1:35 into the fourth quarter. Farrell scored two more goals to cut the margin to 9-7 with 8:42 to play. Unfortunately, the Monks put the game away with three more goals.
Farrell led all players with four goals. Senior Sam Sears was the only other Wildcat with multiple points as he had two assists.
Puleo produced a game-high five points (three goals, two assists) and Glen Dion chipped in two scores. The Monks won 17 of 24 faceoffs and had a 45-34 advantage in shots. Saint Joseph's took advantage of its man-up opportunities, going 4 of 7 with the extra attacker.
JWU is on the road Wednesday when it takes on Albertus Magnus at 7 p.m.