Cardinals Drop Season Opener at Southern Virginia, 17-13

Cardinals Drop Season Opener at Southern Virginia, 17-13

BUENA VISTA, Va. - Catholic University men's lacrosse senior Vince Catenacci scored a career-high five goals, but Southern Virginia used a six-goal run over a 20-minute stretch in the third and fourth quarters en route to a 17-13 victory Tuesday at Knight Stadium.

The Cardinals (0-1) dropped their season opener to the Knights for second-straight year after a 20-14 loss at Cardinal Stadium in 2019.

In two games against Southern Virginia, Catenacci has totaled nine goals and one assist.

With the game tied at 10-10 at halftime, the Knights (1-0) scored the first six goals of the second half to take their largest lead of the game with 12:01 remaining in the fourth quarter. Four of the goals came on the man-advantage.

The Cardinals committed 11 penalties for a total of 8:30 which led to five goals for Southern Virginia who was 5-for-11 on extra-man opportunities, including 3-for-6 in the third.

Despite outshooting the Knights 53-50, Catholic was limited by the play of Dalon Hampshire who finished with 23 saves. Eight of his saves came in the fourth quarter as the Cards totaled 16 shots and tried to rally from a 16-10 deficit over the final 12 minutes.

After Catenacci's fourth goal of the game tied it at 10-10 with 1:44 left in the second quarter, the Cardinals would not score again until sophomore Jack McGorry netted his third of the game with 11:05 to play in fourth, snapped a drought of nearly 21 minutes.

Southern Virginia jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the game's first eight minutes before Catholic scored four of the next five goals to pull within one with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter.

Led by two goals from McGorry and two assists from sophomore Joey Rockovich, the Cardinals finally pulled even when the two connected with 6:12 left in the second to tie the game at 9-9.

Rockovich finished with two goals and two assists. Sophomore Mike McShea scored his first goal of the season and second of his career while winning 21-of-26 faceoffs and picking up 15 ground balls.

Making his first career start, freshman Nic Pezone totaled 14 saves, 11 of which came over the final three quarters after the Knights took a 7-5 lead.

Catholic makes its home debut on Saturday when it hosts Randolph-Macon at Carlini Field beginning at 1 p.m. The Cardinals have won five of six against the Yellow Jackets since 2014, including last year's 11-9 victory at Day Field.