WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's lacrosse team (1-3) took an early three-goal advantage but ultimately fell to Coker (2-2), 14-10, Saturday afternoon as the Bulldogs played for the first time on their new synthetic field turf as more conditions of wind, rain and chill prevailed.
Coker's Joe Venazio (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) finished with four goals and three assists as the Cobras rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to take the win. Coker turned up the offense in the third period, scoring seven goals including the game-winner from Matt Murphy (Lindenhurst, N.Y.).
Murphy and Ethan Irizarry (New York, N.Y.) totaled three goals and an assist each as Coker was able to hold off a late Barton rally. Coker held the advantage in both shots taken (57-30) and ground balls (35-22) in the victory as well.
The Bulldogs were led by freshman attacker Mason Chaney (Dunkirk, Md.) with a game-high five goals and junior midfielder Bodin Nichols (Brainerd, Minn.) and freshman attacker Jonathan Schmidt (Brampton, Ontario, CANADA) added a score and an assist each despite the loss.
Trailing by an 11-7 score early in the fourth quarter, Barton rallied with three straight goals – two by Chaney – but Coker responded with three goals of its own. In goal, Coker's Chris Hagy (Bel Air, Md.) stopped five shots to earn the win while sophomore Matt Stocks (Endicott, N.Y.) suffered the loss for Barton despite 11 saves.
Barton remains at home to take on fourth-ranked Belmont Abbey on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., while Coker hosts Mars Hill next Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m.