Men’s Lacrosse: D’Alto’s five goals not enough to propel Terriers

The Boston University men’s lacrosse team may have lost to Bryant 15-10, but it wasn’t for lack of effort from Vince D’Alto. 

The freshman attacker was responsible for five of the Terrier (1-3) goals. Prior to Wednesday, no BU player had scored more than four goals since April 24, 2018. D’Alto has scored eight goals in his last two games, proving to be a reliable scoring option for head coach Ryan Polley. 

Freshman attacker Louis Perfetto, senior midfielder Jared Nugent, sophomore defender Will Carson, junior attacker Tommy Nook, and sophomore attacker Timmy Ley all added goals of their own. 

Senior goalie Joe McSorley was another key contributor for BU. McSorley made 16 saves, one shy of his season-high. McSorely did not get much help from the Terrier defense, but Carson and long stick midfielders Chase Levesque and Reece Eddy all caused three turnovers each. 

Eddy helped give BU the advantage in ground balls as well. Eddy scooped up seven ground balls, his second-best total of the season, while Levesque and junior midfielder Kevin Snyder collected five each. Senior defender Nicholas Ellerton grabbed four. 

The Terriers finished the game with respectable marks on the stat sheet, but there were a few glaring issues that kept them from winning a winnable game. 

For starters, they could not seem to keep the ball away from their end of the field. The Bulldogs outshot the Terriers 50-26, and Bryant goalies Luke Caracciolo and Ean Patry did not have to deal with much coming their way. 

Much of the Bulldogs’ offense ran through attacker Mark O’Rourke, who BU was unable to limit. O’Rourke scored five goals and handed out two assists, helping the Bulldogs to overcome 22 turnovers in the game. 

BU did not have better luck in the giveaway department, recording 23 turnovers. Six came from D’Alto. The Terriers are still struggling to keep the ball under control even though Polley expressed frustration with his team’s sloppiness following their first two contests. 

Junior faceoff specialist Sean Christman was thoroughly outdueled at the X, going 0-for-4 before he was pulled. Coming into the game, Christman had never failed to win a faceoff in a game before. Snyder replaced Christman and went 11-for-22.  

The Terriers lost by only five points, but they still have quite a bit of work to do to prepare for the start of conference play on February 29. BU’s final game before then is on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. against Bellarmine in Louisville. 

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