Jake Cates and Louis Perfetto’s career days propelled the Boston University men’s lacrosse team to its second victory of the season. The Terriers beat Bellarmine 17-11 behind Cates and Perfetto’s 12 combined points.
Cates scored three of his four goals in the first half, helping BU (2-3) build a 12-5 lead heading into the break. The sophomore midfielder added another goal midway through the third period and dished out three assists during the afternoon. Cates’ seven points were the best mark of his career.
Although Perfetto also helped to build the lead in the first period, the freshman attacker made his mark during the second half of the game. Perfetto scored off an assist from sophomore attacker Timmy Ley with 12:38 remaining in the fourth and netted another goal less than 30 seconds later. Perfetto now has the second-most goals on the team, behind only freshman attacker Vince D’Alto.
D’Alto posted a hat trick of his own against the Knights. D’Alto’s two late-game goals put any chance of a Bellarmine comeback to rest. D’Alto also handed out two assists; one went to Perfetto and the second went to Ley.
Ley and junior attacker Tommy Nook both helped to facilitate the Terriers’ scoring. Ley finished with four points and two assists, while Nook recorded three assists.
Junior faceoff specialist Sean Christman had a bounce-back weekend, going 21-for-28 at the X after failing to win a single faceoff against Bryant on Tuesday. Junior faceoff Kevin Snyder went 3-for-3 on faceoffs as well.
The Bellarmine defense was no match for the BU offense. The Knights’ penalties did not help either, as the Terriers went 2-of-3 in man-up situations. On defense, the Terriers were much better at shutting those opportunities down, preventing the Knights from scoring in all four of their extra man chances.
After being named to the All-New England Preseason Team earlier in the week, senior long stick midfielder Reece Eddy was the centerpiece of the Terriers’ defense yet again. Eddy grabbed six ground balls and forced two turnovers.
The Terriers had no problem getting the ball out of their end of the field. In addition to Eddy’s caused turnovers, freshman defender Collin Loughead caused three turnovers and senior defenders Nick Ellerton and Kaveh Torabian ended with two each.
In the cage, senior goalie Joe McSorley made 11 saves and allowed 10 goals. Sophomore goalie Matt Garber made his first appearance of the season during the fourth period and allowed one goal.
The Terriers begin conference play next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Colgate in Hamilton. The Raiders have not lost to BU since 2017, but they currently sport an 0-4 record despite having Griffin Brown, one of the best attackers in the conference, on their roster.