WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America men's lacrosse team got back on the winning track with a local-rivalry win over nearby Marymount, 11-8, on Wednesday night at Cardinal Stadium.
Catholic struck early and often to start the contest, owned the third quarter and held off Saint rallies in the second quarter and fourth quarters to improve 3-2 overall.
Senior Bennett Bradley tallied six points on five goals and an assist to lead the Cardinal offense while sophomore Griffin Smith and the defense came up big when they needed it most. Smith ended the contest with a game-high seven goundballs.
Catholic struck first as Bradley scored the first two scores of the game. The Cards never trailed in the game.
Bradley got another point as he set up rookie Owen Smith for a goal and a 5-1 Catholic lead after one.
Marymount got two back to start the second but it was Bradley again who tallied an unassisted score to end the run. It was then as if history repeated itself with Marymount adding two more but Bradley found the back on the cage at the end of the period off the assist from senior Matt Michalski to make it 7-5 at the half.
Catholic held the Saints off the scoreboard in the third and got a goal from senior Daniel Cannon and a second score from Tocchio. Both were unassisted.
Bradley found his sixth point of the day on a goal just 58 seconds into the final period before a man-up goal from Liam Clancy off the feed from freshman Patrick Silverman made it an 11-5 Catholic lead.
Marymount was able to pick up three scores in the final 5:19, but the Cardinals' lead proved to be too great.
Catholic caps a three-game homestand this Saturday when the Cards host New England College at 1 p.m.
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