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Becker Downs Men’s Lacrosse, 21-8

Photo by Ron Waite

The Albertus Magnus College Falcon men's lacrosse team dropped a 21-8 decision to Becker College in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) matchup Monday afternoon at Becker College. The Falcons fall to 3-6 and 2-5 in the GNAC while the Hawks improve to 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the GNAC.  

The Becker College Hawks got off to a quick start in the first quarter with a 5-0 lead. John DeAngelis ripped six shots on net in just the first ten minutes of play, beating Falcon goalkeeper Brandon Schicchitano (Norwalk, Conn.) on two of these attempts

The Falcons responded with the familiar connection of Mike Choiniere assist (Bethany, Conn.) to Greg Buck (Berlin, Conn) goal.  The Choiniere to Buck connection has been lethal for the Falcons this season. The two have connected 19 times this season and just over half of Buck's season goals have been assisted by Choiniere. Buck is now first in the GNAC in scoring with 37 goals in just 9 games. Ryan Brown (Meriden, Conn.) also netted a goal in the first quarter as the Falcons scored two goals to bring the score to 5-2.

Becker College was fantastic from the center line winning eight of the first nine faceoff attempts of the first quarter. The also defeated the Falcons in ground balls 14-4.

The second quarter was much better from the Falcons as they tied in scoring 3-3. The Falcons improved on ground ball situations just getting edged out by the Hawks 15-12.

Becker College opened up the scoring gates in the third quarter as they cashed in seven times in the third quarter. The Hawks outshot the Falcons 20-10 in the third quarter. DeAngelis scored one in the quarter and scored a goal in each of the four quarters. The attacker ended with XXX GOALS for the day. For the Falcons, Michael Ciarlegio (West Haven, Conn.) netted his third goal of the season with 1:23 left in the third quarter.

The Hawks started the fourth quarter much like they started the first quarter, on a 5-0 scoring run. The scoring run was led by two goals from David Deschenes. Deschenes is second in scoring in the GNAC with 35 goals on the year. The Falcons snapped the Hawks run with 4:34 left to go in the game with a goal from Choiniere. This was his 31st goal of the season. Choiniere ended the day with a team-high five points scoring three goals and dishing out two assists.

 The final score ended 21-8. Justin Bennett (Fairfield, Conn.) led the game in ground balls with 14 and was 16-32 on faceoff attempts. Scicchitano played well in goal despite the score earning 18 saves. This is Schicchitano's highest total of the season so far. The Hawks outshot the Falcons 65 to 28 on the day and won in ground balls 51-33. Daniel Johnson was the game leader in points scoring two goals and recording four assists.