BUENA VISTA, Va. – Although freshman attackman Clark Akers put away a career- and game-high five goals on Saturday afternoon on eight shots, the Marymount men's lacrosse team's second-half lead was erased with a 7-1 stretch by Southern Virginia University to fall on the road in the CAC opener, 13-9.
The Saints had the early lead in the first quarter, with Akers and senior Nathan Beard each scoring their first goals of the game. The Knights followed in suit to finish out the quarter with two of their own before taking their first lead three minutes into the second quarter, 3-2.
Junior Matthew Ebert found Akers to draw the score even again 40 seconds after Southern Virginia's third goal, but the Knights rattled out three more before the half while the Saints added one off a connection between freshman Connor Griffin and senior Brent Sulhoff to send the game into the half, 6-4 SVU.
Some adjustments at the half played useful for the Saints, gaining quick momentum on the restart with four-straight goals to take an 8-6 advantage. Junior Sean Friedman got the scoring underway before Akers registered two more and Beard added his second.
However, with less than six minutes left in the third, the Knights found form on the offensive end with three-straight to end the quarter, including two man-up finishes to take the final lead.
In the final 15 minutes, SVU outscored MU, 4-1, with the Saints lone goal come from Akers off a dish from freshman Bradley Sechler.
Junior Grey Clarkson tended the net for the full 60 minutes, making 10 saves.
The Saints will look to bounce back on Wednesday, March 28 for their makeup game against Randolph-Macon College. Start time is set for 4 p.m., in Ashland, Virginia.