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St. Mary’s Lacrosse dominates Farmingdale in championship bid

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – On Wednesday afternoon, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team earned a solid victory in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament, defeating Farmingdale State College 16-8.

The Seahawks, now 14-6 on the season, were propelled by Keegan Preis, Declan Horton and Joshua Martel, who combined to contribute 18 points to the team’s effort. This win marks St. Mary’s College’s third consecutive victory, setting them up for a second-round matchup against No. 2-ranked Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday in Troy, NY

Credit: Chuck Steenburgh

The game started strong for St. Mary’s as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter alone with contributions from five different players. Preis was remarkably dynamic, contributing two goals and three assists early on. Farmingdale State got on the scoreboard in the final seconds of the first period with an unassisted goal from Thomas Stock.

In the second quarter, Farmingdale State attempted a comeback and cut the score to 6-2. However, St. Mary’s responded strongly, pushing the lead to 10-2 before halftime ended with the score at 10-3.

In the third quarter, the Seahawks increased their lead and Horton scored twice. Heading into the final quarter, St. Mary’s managed to maintain their lead despite a more balanced scoring effort from both teams, culminating in the 16-8 win.

St. Mary’s College dominated not only on the scoreboard, but also in the gameplay statistics. They defeated Farmingdale State 51-27 and collected more ground balls, 40-32. Sophomore Matteo Ciccarello led the groundball efforts with 13.

The Seahawks defense was particularly effective, forcing 15 turnovers from Farmingdale State. Senior defender Ethan Little led this effort with three caused turnovers.

Individual performances shone brightly, with Preis equaling a season-best eight points. Horton and Martel also made important contributions, with Horton scoring four goals and Martel scoring four goals.

For Farmingdale State, this game marked the end of their season, finishing with a 16-4 record and their first Skyline Conference championship title. Tyler Kollar led the Rams’ offense with three goals.

St. Mary’s are looking forward to their next challenge against RPI this Saturday at the ECAV Stadium.