The Niagara University Men's Lacrosse Team traveled to Fredonia to take on three divisional opponents; Fredonia, Buffalo State, and St. Bonaventure. Niagara's first game was at 11:00am versus Fredonia. The Purple Eagles came out strong and never let up with goals coming from all around their offense. Mike Bentivegna led the scoring, also getting tallies from, Joe Feldman, Marco Carr, Peter Mrazik, Kyle Jesse and Mitch Stessing. Niagara's defense held strong with newcomer Davy Phillips showing why he's an asset to this team. The Eagles let only 1 even strength goal, being led by great goaltending from Marc Groth. Final score was 9-2.
Men's Lacrosse take on 3 Divisional Oppenents
Game two came at 1:00pm versus Buffalo State, where Niagara found themselves facing a tough opponent. Once again Niagara started strong with three early goals by Peter Mrazik, but Buffalo State was quick to answer. The Eagles never surrendered their lead, but found themselves close at a few times. Additional goals scored by Mike Bentivegna, Mark Stamer, and Jared McHenry. Once again the defense was dominant, allowing only 3 goals and getting strong long-pole middie play from Jon Anderson. Niagara was able to hold off the Bengals with a 7-3 victory.
Unfortunately St. Bonaventure was too banged up after their first two games to play a third against Niagara, but the match-up does not die there as the Bonnies will be taking on the Purple Eagles at home next Saturday, the 23rd, at 7:00pm on the Kiernan Turf. We look forward to another competitive divisional battle.
At the end of the day, Niagara had outscored their opponents 16-5, showing the star performance Groth had in net behind NU's rugged defense. Mark Stamer was dominant on the face-offs, winning nearly every one he took. The Purple Eagles offense also showed great chemistry, racking up assists on over half the goals.