Spring was in full effect on Sunday and so was the Niagara University men’s lacrosse team. The Purple Eagles held off Empire West division rival Buffalo State by a score of 13-7, in a physical affair at Niagara University’s turf field.
Despite Buffalo State only trailing 6-5 at the half, the Purple Eagles were able to pull away in the second half.
Mark Stamer and Jared Mchenry led the team with 5 and 4 goals respectively. The Purple Eagles also received contributions from Peter Mrazik who scored two goals, as well as Joe Feldman and Michael Bentivegna who added a goal each.
Kevin Burt played well defensively for Niagara, making several interceptions and important checks. The Purple Eagles received some consistent midfield play from Mitch Stessing, who was crucial in the Purple Eagles’ comeback.
Marc Groth stood on his head between the pipes, making 21 saves on 28 shots. The currently ranked #6 in the nation Purple Eagles return home April 19 at 6 pm, when they host the Edinboro Fighting Scots.