Sophomore Joey Marson scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 5:56 remaining to lift the University of Mary Washington men's lacrosse team to its third one-goal win of the year - a 6-5 victory over Christopher Newport University on Saturday at the Battleground. UMW improves to 4-0 overall on the year.
The Eagles fell behind, 2-0, after the first quarter, and trailed, 3-0, before junior Sean Dacey scored on a Paul Tunick assist with 9:41 left in the second. CNU answered less than 30 seconds later to take a 4-1 lead, and led at halftime, 4-2, after Dacey scored on a Marson assist to cap the second quarter scoring.
In the third quarter, the Eagles cut the deficit to 4-3 as Billy Kelly scored on a Chip Pittard feed with 12:48 left in the quarter. The Captains answered to regain a two-goal lead, but Josh Furnary cut the deficit to 5-4 with 22 seconds left in the quarter, moving the score to 5-4 entering the final period.
In the fourth, UMW tied the score with 8:34 to play on an unassisted goal from John Bohlinger, and Marson provided the go-ahead tally with 5:56 to play. From there, the Eagle defense stiffened, with senior goalie Matt Prin making several acrobatic saves. With CNU possessing the ball in the final minute, Furnary's check knocked the ball free, allowing the Eagles to run out the clock.
Each team had 25 shots in the game, with CNU holding a slim 29-28 edge in ground balls. Prin made 10 saves for UMW, who was 16-21 on clears but won just two faceoffs.
Mary Washington will return to action on March 14 when they host Goucher College at 3:30 p.m.