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Men’s Lacrosse midseason review

Connor Dehel 15', Hawk Staff
April 4, 2012
Filed under Sports

Men’s lacrosse head coach Taylor Wray described Saturday’s 15-3 loss to Massachusetts as “not a good example of where this team is right now.”

The team’s March 31 loss to the Minutemen was ugly.  Until the 3:55 mark in the fourth quarter, the Hawks were getting shut out 15-0.

Will Manny and Anthony Biscardi each had hat-tricks for the Minuteman. Manny, who is fourth in the NCAA averaging 4.71 points per game, also had five assists.

Hawk Augustus Quinzani, ’12, scored two goals late in the fourth quarter for the Hawks, each assisted by Ryan McGee, ’14, to decrease the deficit on the board. Despite their best efforts, the Hawks lost 15-3.

Massachusetts scored 15 goals on 40 shots, a .375 scoring percentage compared to the Hawks’ three goals on 33 shots, a .090 shooting percentage.

St. Joe’s is dead last in the NCAA in terms of shooting percentage, shooting .184 percent on the year.  The Hawks are also last in the NCAA in both scoring offense with 5.88 goals per game and 9.13 points per game. Despite of their lack of offensive success, the Hawks’ defense is solid this year, only allowing eight goals a game and ranking them as the 12th best scoring defense in the NCAA.

Griffin Ferrigan, ’12, has also been a bright spot for the Hawks this season.  The senior goalkeeper is toting a .581 save percentage, 11th best in the NCAA and third best in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).  Ferrigan also ranks 13thin goals against average with 7.88 goals per game.  The Hawks defensive spotlight, Will Farrell, ’15, ranks 14th in caused turnovers per game with 1.88 and is ranked first in the CAA.

The Hawks, now 3-6 and 0-3 in the CAA, have three conference games left in their highly competitive CAA schedule. If St. Joe’s comes out on top in the rest of their games this season, they will finish the season with a .500 record in the conference. However, the Hawks will have to make it through tough competition, including #20 Hofstra next Saturday.

This Saturday’s matchup will be the third straight game in which the Hawks will not only face a CAA team, but a team that is ranked in the top 20.

“The only way to get better is better competition,” said Wray.  “The CAA is a good measuring stick [we can use to] measure our progress.”

Without a doubt the Hawks have improved from last year’s season’s 0-12 record. That being said, they need to improve their offensive efficiency.  The defense can only do so much and needs the offense to step up and play their role.  Being dead last in shooting percentage, scoring offense, and points per game will not win you many games.  The Hawks need to find a way to put the ball between the pipes and they need to find it fast, as the end of the season is quickly approaching. Hopefully they will be able to find the power to score on Saturday, April 7, when they face off against Hofstra at 1 p.m. in New York.

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