Michael Turner and Fernando Rodriguez Combine for Eight Goals in 16-9 Loss for Men's Lacrosse

Senior Michael Turner led Adrian with seven points against Franciscan Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior Michael Turner led Adrian with seven points against Franciscan Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--In the first-ever meeting in men's lacrosse between Franciscan University and Adrian College, the visitors came away with a 16-9 non-conference victory on Saturday afternoon. 

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Franciscan 16, Adrian 9

= Location: Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Sunny, 43 degrees, Wind SW 17 mph

= Records: Franciscan Barons, 3-4 overall; Adrian Bulldogs, 0-6 overall

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Michael Turner tied for the game-high with seven points on four goals and three assists.

= Freshman Fernando Rodriguez netted a career-best four goals.

= Sophomore Brayden Adrian had two points (1g, 1a) and led the team with six ground balls.

= Senior Michael Desmadryl also had six ground balls and caused two turnovers.

= Classmate Greg Stewart chipped in five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

THE OPPOSITION
= Dan McCartney led all scorers with five goals among seven total points. He also led all student-athletes with 12 ground balls.

= Jonas McCaig (1 assist) and Mike Rosaschi (1 assist) added four and three goals, respectively.

= Matt Marrenna (W, 1-1) evened his record in the cage, making 15 saves.

= Luke Lyons won 18 of 26 face-offs.

= William Muraski posted a game-high three caused turnovers and contributed nine ground balls.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Franciscan never trailed in building leads of 4-1 after the first quarter, 6-2 at halftime and 11-6 after 45 minutes.

= Muraski broke a scoreless tie to give the Barons a 1-0 lead with 7 minutes and 12 seconds left in the opening quarter. TM Thomas and McCartney extended it to 3-0 with tallies 34 seconds apart beginning at 5:57 showing on the scoreboard clock.

= Rodriguez started the scoring for the Bulldogs on an assist from Turner at the 5:02 mark.

= Trailing 8-2 in the second quarter, Rodriguez netted two goals as part of a 4-1 run to bring the Bulldogs within 9-6 with 5:31 to go before the intermission.

= But that would be the closest Adrian would get as Franciscan led 12-6 in the fourth before the hosts cut it again to three goals, 12-9.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= This was the first meeting between the teams.

= Franciscan's official institution name is Franciscan University of Stubenville, and the Barons' men's lacrosse team competes in the NCAA Division III Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

= Turner moved into seventh place on the Adrian career assists list with 45, surpassing A.J. Smith who had 43 from 2012-15.

Desmadryl advanced two spots on the Bulldogs' all-time chart for caused turnovers, now ranking tied for sixth with Zac Colvin (39, 2009-10,'12) with 39 apiece. In the process, he passed Nicholas Frontczak who made 38 from 2011 to 2014.

= Adrian set a team season high with 51 shots as well as tying with six assists--both set at Wilmington-Ohio (42 and 6) on March 17.

= Turner leads the team with 18 points and shares the AC goals-scored lead of 11 with Adrian (17 points) and Rodriguez (13).

= The Barons move to 1-2 all-time against the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, after losing to Alma in 2014 and 2015.

UP NEXT
= Adrian completes its non-conference slate next Saturday at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

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