The men’s lacrosse team had their season ended on Friday when they fell to the Rochester Institute of Technology 21-9 in the first round of the Liberty League Tournament.
The Dutchmen had momentum heading into the tournament after two straight wins coming in, including one over Vassar in which the Dutchmen secured the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament.
This had pushed the Union record to 9-6 prior to their matchup with the Tigers.
However, being the last the team to get in means they ran up against number one-seeded RIT, who came into the game with a record of 15-1 and were undefeated in Liberty League regular season play.
The match went back and forth early, with the Dutchmen responding to a pair of RIT goals with goals by Sean Hanley ’16 and Nolan Stauffer ’16. The Tigers added another pair, but Peter Richardson ’17 found the back of the net before the first quarter ended, cutting the Tiger lead to 4-3.
Sean Pensavalle ’18 netted the equalizer early in the second on the second assist of the afternoon from Daniel Kycia ’17.
Ryan Lee and Kyle Sterzin potted a pair of goals in under ten seconds to put RIT back up 6-4 before Thomas Stanton ’16 made it a one-goal game again with a solo effort that made it 6-5. From there, the RIT attack ripped off five straight goals to open up a six-goal lead entering the half.
The Tigers made it 12-5 before Richardson responded again off of an assist from Stauffer to cut the lead to six, as the Dutchmen tried to not let the game get out of hand.
Another pair of back-to-back goals for RIT made it 14-6 before Kycia found the back of the net for the first time on the afternoon, collecting his third point and cutting the lead to 14-7.
Brandon Buscaglia scored his first career goal for RIT sandwiched in between another pair from the Tigers which extended the lead to double-digits at 17-7 early in the fourth quarter. Kycia bounced one in off of the side of the net as Stauffer picked up another assist for Union’s eighth goal of the game.
John Edwards ’19 netted the final Dutchman goal of the afternoon before RIT built their total up to 21, providing the final margin of 21-9.
All in all, RIT dominated the day and the result showed on the scoreboard. The Dutchmen finish the season with a 9-7 record, averaging 11.25 goals per game on the season.
Additionally, Friday marked the final game for seniors Cam Slatton ’16, Adam Johnson ’16, Daniel Caiola ’16, Paul Alberti ’16, Stanton, Stauffer, Sam Broda ’16, and Hanley.