Washington, D.C. -- The Beloit College Men's Lacrosse team erased a first half deficit to pull back into the game but a big third period by Catholic University of America led to a 21-10 loss in the first game of the Bucs' Spring Trip.
The Cardinals started fast, scoring the first three goals of the game, before Mark Gannon got Beloit on the board at 7:56 of the opening quarter. After three more CUA goals Jesse Brown made it 6-2 after one when he scored 23 seconds before the end of the period. The Buccaneers continued their comeback with the first three goals of the second quarter - coming from Luke Bankord at 12:55, Jake Wallace at 11:20 and Matt Kelly (Michael Boyland) at 10:11 - to make it a one-goal game. But Catholic scored three of the last four goals of the half, with Liam O'Connor (Boyland) breaking up the run, to lead 9-6 at the break.
Zach Carner pulled Beloit back within two goals just over a minute into the third period before Catholic went on their big run, scoring nine unanswered goals to take control of the contest with a 20-7 lead thru three. CUA increased their run to 11 straight scores with the first two of the fourth quarter before Mike Spencer (Tanner James), James and Kevin Joswiak stopped the run with back-to-back-to-back goals. The Cardinals closed out the scoring with one final goal 45 seconds before the final horn.
Trevor Kenahan played all but 58 seconds of the first three periods in goal for Beloit, making 20 saves, while Jace Hodder made one save in closing out the third quarter. Tommy Otis made seven saves in the fourth period. Carner had four ground balls.
The Buccaneers have Wednesday off before playing at Goucher College in Baltimore on Thursday. Face-off is at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.