BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Franciscan University of Steubenville men's lacrosse team celebrated its first win in program history with an 18-7 decision over Southern Virginia University Wednesday. FUS led wire-to-wire and scored nine goals in the second quarter.
"When you build a program, it takes a while for people to get to know one another," head coach Pete Rosaschi said. "Everyone is keeping the pace I set for them, and they are putting in old-fashioned hard work."
Due to schedule conflicts, FUS, on spring break, went into the game with only an 18-man roster. Franciscan recorded more goals than it has all season and also allowed the least amount of points.
"They have dedicated themselves the last few days," Rosaschi said. "They really played to the level they are capable of."
Some added motivation came for Franciscan when right before its game they heard the news that the new pope was elected and took the name of Francis I.
"We did talk about that with them before the game," Rosaschi said. "I told them the new pope is Francis, and this is a time to just got for it."
Sophomore Sean Wayne totaled six goals and freshman Ryan Zbikowski added three goals and five assists.
Barons goalie Evan Malchano collected 33 saves.
"They just kept firing," Rosaschi said. "They would make one dodge and they just let it rip. They are starting to learn each other so well at this point. They know each others strengths and weaknesses and they have really come together as a team."
FUS visits Randolph College today with a 6 p.m. start.
Tennis team blanked
CLERMONT, Fla. - The FUS men's tennis team dropped a 9-0 decision at Northwood University Wednesday.
"If we play like we have been this week, then our conference matches will not be an issue," Ellis said. "We will be able to take our conference."
The Northwood Seahawks are ranked in the top 25 of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Junior Brian Robau and freshman Robert Butcher highlighted the Barons strong performance against two undefeated opponents.
"He did not have any pressure against him," Ellis said of Butcher. "He played loose and well. You see guys hit really well in practice but stiffen up in matches. Rob did not do that."
With their spring break matches completed, the Barons will stay in Florida for the remainder of the week to practice and build team chemistry.
"This trip builds a cohesive atmosphere with our team," Ellis said. "Tennis is such an individual sport and it takes a lot for a team to come together. This trip does that."
FUS hosts Penn State-Altoona at 2 p.m. Sunday.