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roberts wins in lacrosse over st rose recap from steve and Ted below


ROCHESTER, N.Y. –  The Roberts Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team needed a big play on Tuesday afternoon, and Parker Bossard delivered.
The Redhawks had allowed three goals in the first 2:46 of the fourth quarter, trimming their once-healthy five-goal lead to two with 10:30 remaining in their non-conference game against The College of Saint Rose. To make things more challenging, Roberts was playing a man down after being called for a penalty.
Up stepped Bossard.
Goalkeeper Garrett Kayser smothered a ground ball off a Saint Rose turnover and flipped a pass to defenseman Connor Pearce. Pearce swung the ball to Bossard on the goal-line extended and the junior took off on a clear attempt.
Bossard beat his initial defender, split two more Golden Knights at midfield and kept going, firing a 10-yard bounce shot into the cage to give the Redhawks a 15-12 lead and all of the momentum they needed to close out a 16-13 victory and snap a two-game losing streak.
“I knew that I had the speed to get there, and once I got past those two at midfield it was just green grass,” said Bossard, who netted his first goal of the year on the play. “It was a ‘juice’ goal. If I would have missed, it would have gone a big direction the other way but fortunately it worked in my favor.”
The Redhawks (4-3) provided plenty of energy after falling behind 3-0 in the game’s first 3:30. Roberts rallied to make it 6-4 after the opening quarter and outscored Saint Rose 6-0 in the second quarter to take a 10-6 lead at the half.
“I told our guys to be patient and they showed great maturity staying together as a team,” Roberts head coach Rocky Delfino said. “That goes a long way, staying together. Then we got some momentum and we kept the momentum.”
Junior Gunner MacMillan scored four of his five goals in the second quarter, including three straight in a span of 3:21, to spark Roberts.
“We were just riding hard and we got a couple of goals off of that along with possessing the ball, using the shot clock and making the most of our possessions,” said MacMillan, who finished with five goals, two assists and caused two turnovers.
MacMillan and fellow attack Jordon Deats and Dan Doviak, who both finished with three goals and two assists, turned up the pressure and got a big boost from their teammates as Roberts forced 23 turnovers and held a 39-27 advantage in ground balls.
“All the attackmen had the timing down, so we could jump at the same time which made it harder on the d-poles and the goalie to get a clear out,” MacMillan said. “And our middies were pressuring up at the midfield line.”
Delfino said the play of the midfielders was critical to the success of the ride.
“The biggest thing was that the middies were riding, too,” Delfino said. “The attack have been riding all year, but the middies have been letting off. So, we really worked on our middies riding, too, and our defensemen locking down at the other end and you could see that it caused a lot of chaos.”
Senior Luke Delavak was in the midst of the chaos and led Roberts with 12 ground balls. Sophomore Isaac Marrero went 19-for-32 on face offs and scooped six ground balls while defender Brady Kustra was all over the field and finished with a goal, two assists, five ground balls and caused a turnover.
Kayser made nine saves for Roberts, including some key stops in the second half. Matt WalshSam Keensand Ryan Brown also scored. Brown’s goal accounted for his first college point.
The Redhawks travel to Springfield, Mass., for a non-conference game against American International at 4 p.m. on Friday.

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