Rockovich Totals Six Assists as Cardinals Dominate Saints

Rockovich Totals Six Assists as Cardinals Dominate Saints

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's lacrosse sophomore Joey Rockovich totaled eight points and six assists as the Cardinals posted a convincing 18-4 victory over local rival Marymount (VA) Wednesday at Carlini Field.

Catholic (2-3) picked up its second consecutive win and sixth-straight against the Saints.

The reigning Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Rockovich is the first player since Connor Kelly on April 9, 2006 to have at least six assists in a game. Kelly finished with nine points in a 17-6 road win at Mount Ida.

Rockovich is also the first Cardinal to have at least eight points in a game since Bennett Bradley had eight goals and nine points in a 14-13 win over Elizabethtown at home on April 28, 2018.

Rockovich had one goal and six assists as Catholic jumped out to a 10-0 lead with 12:06 remaining in the second quarter.

The Cardinals scored the game's first 14 goals before the Saints (0-3) avoided the shutout with a goal from Will Strausbaugh with one second left in the fourth quarter.

A total of six players scored their first goal of the season for Catholic, including freshmen Max Schwarz, Danny Payne, Hayden Pryor and Ryan Carroll who each netted the first of their career.

Seventeen different players had at least one point for the Cardinals, including freshmen Thomas Albig, Will McDermott and Kevin Ortlieb who each picked up the first of their career.

All five goalies saw action for the Cards, led by freshman Nic Pezone who finished with five saves in his fifth-straight start. Freshman Colin McDonnell made his first career appearance and registered his first career save in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Mike McShea won 16-of-19 faceoffs and picked up 13 ground balls while also netting his second goal of the season and third of his career.

The Cardinals continue their three-game homestand on Saturday when it welcomes St. Mary's (Md.) to Carlini Field. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m., following the conclusion of the women's lacrosse game between No. 10 Catholic and Rowan.