Catenacci's OT Goal Keeps Cardinals Unbeaten in Landmark

Catenacci's OT Goal Keeps Cardinals Unbeaten in Landmark

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's lacrosse junior Vince Catenacci scored his second goal of the game with 1:53 remaining in overtime to cap a huge comeback for the Cardinals who posted a 14-13 victory over Moravian Saturday in the team's first game on the new Carlini Field.

Catholic (6-5, 2-0 LC), who is now 1-2 in overtime games this season, trailed the Greyhounds by as many as six with 11:35 left in the second quarter before outscoring them 7-2 in third to punctuate an 8-1 run that saw the Cards erase a 9-4 deficit and take a 12-10 advantage.

After Moravian (6-3, 1-1 LC) took a 9-4 lead with 7:17 to play in the second, Catholic scored six unanswered goals to take its first lead, 10-9, after freshman Nick Fanelli netted his first career hat-trick with his third goal of the game.

The Cardinals made their run due in large part to dominating the faceoffs over the middle quarters. Freshman Mike McShea, who finished 21-of-30, won 13-of-18 over the second and third. With the game tied at 9-9, McSchea won four of the next five faceoffs with senior Luke Scaduto picking up the ground ball on all four wins.

During the Cards' 8-1 run, McShea won eight of 10 faceoffs with Scaduto scooping up five ground balls.

The Cardinals led 13-11 with 5:56 remaining in the fourth, but Mark Laratta, who finished with five goals and two assists, scored the final two goals for the Greyhounds, the last of which came with 54 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

In overtime, each team had a possession that didn't result in a goal before Catholic called timeout to set up for a second chance at the game-winner. Out of the timeout, Catenacci got the ball at the top of the box and was able to gain a step on his defender. He then went to the front of the crease before slotting the ball into the top left corner for his fourth game-winning goal of the season.

The Cardinals outshot Moravian 51-38, the third time this season they have totaled at least 50, while holding a 37-29 edge in ground balls. They also scored two extra-man goals, the last of which came with 2:57 left in the third quarter to give them a 12-10 lead and senior Dalton Leach his first career point in 15 games.

Catenacci was one of five players who scored three points for Catholic as he and junior Mark Tocchio each had two goals and one assist.  Fanelli and freshman Sean Baudo, who totaled his third hat-trick in the last five games, each scored three goals, while freshman Joey Rockovich added a goal and two assists.

In addition to 10 ground balls, Scaduto had two goals while junior Charlie Kraemer had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Freshman Kevin Malone played the final 32:07 in relief of junior Alex Mulyk, totaling five saves, including four in the fourth quarter to set the stage for the comeback.

Catholic, who is one of two remaining Landmark Conference unbeatens, travels to Drew next Saturday, April 6 for a 1 p.m., faceoff with the Rangers.