At the end of the first quarter in the men’s lacrosse season opener, Nicholas Kitsos passed the ball to a cutting Eric Colleran, who threw it into the top-right corner of the net, beating the buzzer and give the Lions a 3-2 advantage over Wentworth Institute of Technology.
That was the final time Emerson had the lead.
Wentworth scored seven unanswered goals in the second quarter, ending the half with a score of 9-3, and dominated the Lions for the remainder of the game, with a final score of 21-7.
Attacker Blake Byrd, a freshman visual and media arts major, said the team struggled to gain any type of momentum on the offensive end throughout the second quarter.
“I was stuck on the offensive side of the field, and it was really frustrating,” Byrd said. “The offensive players were just begging for the ball, but even when we got the ball, we were so frustrated that we did not execute very well, and we rushed our offense.”
During the second quarter, Wentworth outshot Emerson 22 to 4, with a final distribution of shots, 55-21, in favor of the Cougars.
The Lions also spent a significant time dealing with penalties, as the team had 11 infractions with a total of 8 minutes and 30 seconds in penalty time, while Wentworth only had six fouls with five minutes in penalty time.
Brady Darragh, a junior visual and media arts major and an attacker, said that Emerson’s small roster in comparison to Wentworth’s was also a significant disadvantage in the second quarter and the periods thereafter, as the team’s decreased energy played a key role in Lions’ defensive and offensive effort.
“We have 20 guys and they have 40,” Darragh said. “We played our hearts out, we played as hard as we could, but they could just keep substituting fresh players, and our fatigue really caught up with us.”
Men’s lacrosse teams in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) have an average of 20 players, according to rosters posted on the GNAC website.
In the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), which Wentworth belongs to, the average men’s team has 35 players, according to rosters on the CCC website.
Nicholas Kitsos, a freshman marketing communication major and an attacker, scored four goals in the game, three of which came when the team was down by double digits. He said the team has high expectations for its GNAC games later in the season.
“We definitely want to rebound from this game,” Kitsos said. “We have all eyes set on the GNAC, and we want to make a statement for Emerson that we are here to play. I personally want to give everything I have and leave it all on the field.”
The men’s lacrosse team will play its first GNAC game against Daniel Webster College at Rotch Field on March 23.
Head coach Dan Gold said that while this game was a disappointment, he is not concerned about the remainder of the season.
“This was a tough game to open the season with, against a really tough opponent,” Gold said. “But I’m not too worried, and I think the team will take this loss, put it behind them, and bounce back just fine.”
Jason Madanjian, Beacon staff, contributed reporting.