CLEARWATER, Fla. - Catholic University men's lacrosse freshman Sean Baudo scored three of his career-high six goals during a 5-2 run as the Cardinals broke open a 6-6 tie en route to a 15-13 victory over Berry Wednesday at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex.
Catholic (4-4) snapped two-game losing streak by winning 24-of-31 faceoffs and holding a 34-13 advantage in ground balls while committing a season-low nine turnovers. The last time the team had fewer than nine turnovers was on March 24, 2018 when it only had eight in a 10-8 win over Drew at home.
Baudo finished with six goals and seven points, also a career-high, and has scored 10 goals in his last two games.
With the game tied at 6-6, junior Mark Tocchio scored the second of his two goals with just 55 seconds remaining in the second quarter to give the Cardinals a 7-6 halftime lead.
Catholic opened the second half by scoring four of the first six goals, three of which came from Baudo, as it built an 11-8 lead with 8:58 left in the third quarter. Baudo scored four of the Cardinals' five third-quarter goals as they led 12-10 after three.
The Vikings (1-5) scored just 38 seconds into the fourth quarter to pull within one, but the Cards scored the next three, the last from freshman Nick Fanelli to give them their largest lead of the day, 15-11, with 3:19 to play. Fanelli's fifth goal of the season came just 1:08 after Baudo's sixth of the game which proved to be the game-winner.
The freshmen trio of Baudo, Fanelli and Joey Rockovich combined for nine goals and 14 points. Rockovich finished with two goals and three assists.
Another freshman, Mike McShea, won a career-high 24 faceoffs and picked up 11 ground balls.
In goal, junior Alex Mulyk made eight saves to even his record this season at 3-3.
The Cardinals return home where they will face No. 15 Christopher Newport on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. Faceoff is at 1 p.m.