IRVING, Texas – Marian University men’s lacrosse (0-2, 0-0 MLC) fell to Dallas 9-7 after a fourth quarter rally fell just short.
The Crusaders netted a pair of goals in the opening quarter but a strong start from Marian to the second quarter quickly cut into the deficit. The Houlihan brothers netted the opening goals for the Sabres with Garrett Houlihan scoring at the 11:34 mark, assist to Connor Houlihan, before Connor found the back of the net just 1:18 later with an assist to Jeremy Eisele.
Dallas answered scoring six of the next seven goals, two with a man-up, to retake the lead at 8-3 in the fourth quarter. C. Houlihan scored an unassisted goal at the 13:28 mark of the third quarter for his second tally of the game.
The Sabres were then able to rally in the final minutes scoring four goals in a span of 2:04. Nick Klotz opened the streak before he assisted a man-advantage goal from C. Houlihan. The Crusaders added to their lead to break up the streak from the Sabres before C. Houlihan and Landen Macco each found the back of the net without an assist to close out the scoring.
Marian was narrowly outshot in the game by a 29-28 margin but outshot the Crusaders 12-4 in the final quarter. The Sabres also controlled more ground balls than Dallas by a 34-26 tally.
In goal, Gavin Taquino stopped half of the shots he faced making nine saves on 18 shots.
C. Houlihan finished with a five-point game scoring four goals and one assist on six shots on goal. He was also able to grab eight ground balls along with Tommy Gerlach. Marcus Fosdick had a good game in defense with two ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Marian closes out their trip to the south playing at Southwestern (Texas) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.