By Scott Beaton
WASHINGTON, PA. — The Ohio Northern men's lacrosse team utilized eight second-quarter goals to cruise past nonconference foe Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) by a 15-7 scoreline Saturday afternoon at Alexandre Stadium.
With the win, ONU improves to 1-1 on the season while W&J falls to 1-2.
Junior Cameron Marous (Brecksville) netted five goals and added two assists in the second period to lead the Polar Bear offense. The third-year attackman has nine goals through two games this season, having posted hat tricks in both contests.
Ohio Northern scored the game's first seven goals before the Presidents got on the scoreboard with 5:41 to go in the first half.
ONU then scored a remarkable three goals in 13 seconds to close the first-half scoring. Groves scored the first goal at the 4:48 mark and senior Chris DiMarco (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) added a goal at 4:40 and assisted Marous on a goal with 4:35 to go in the half, making the game 10-1 heading into the intermission.
Washington & Jefferson opened the second half with three consecutive goals, but two third-period goals from O'Connell kept the Polar Bears in control with a 12-5 lead after 45 minutes of action.
Northern outscored the Presidents 3-2 in the final stanza as senior Anthony Pavone (Bainbridge/Kenston), freshman Ben Gawronski (Dublin/Scioto), and sophomore Mason Schmeling (Columbus/Hilliard Darby) each found the back of the net.
Senior Alex Pizarro (Boonsboro, Md.) was credited with the win, stopping six-of-seven shots in net.
Senior William Peoples (Breckenridge, Colo./Summit) recorded six ground balls and DiMarco chipped in five to guide ONU to a 44-26 ground ball advantage.
The Polar Bears won 19-of-25 faceoffs. Peoples went 7-for-9 and DiMarco finished 6-for-8 on the day.
Ohio Northern will return to competition on Sunday, March 3 at Guilford (N.C.) as part of its annual Spring Break trip.