TOLEDO, Ohio – Rocky River was dealt a 6-5 loss by Toledo St. Francis in a Friday night contest that marked the front end of a two-game weekend in Toledo.
In a see-saw contest rife with seven ties and lead changes, the Pirates would hold none of the latter. The two familiar foes were separated by a whopping 26 shots on the box score (41 for the Knights, 15 for the Pirates) but just one on the scoreboard in what Head Coach Bobby Perez termed as a gritty effort by the visitors in maroon.
“St. Francis is a classy program and the other half of what is my favorite rivalry for Rocky River Lacrosse,” said River’s first-year head coach and former player. “Tonight’s game was a great battle. Our kids gave a heck of an effort, and I’m very proud of our grit we displayed up and down the field.”
River’s Toledo two-step will continue with a Saturday contest at Toledo St. John’s.
Friday’s first half was a 2-for-4 exchange in favor of the host Knights. In the third quarter, a mid-period goal by Andrew Snow brought the Pirates (9-4) within one. Hayden Weaver followed Snow into the net at the 4:18-mark, tying the game at 4-4.
But the Knights answered late in the third to reclaim a one-goal lead. They edged their lead to 6-4 with a netfinder early in the fourth. Rocky River got one goal back at the 4:13-mark of the fourth, but St. Francis effectively closed out the victory by holding the Pirates to just two shots on frame in the final period.
The Pirates, in fact, were held to just two shots on goal in each of the game’s four quarters. Their eight for the game marked the program’s lowest single-game total since May 5, 2017. And River’s 15 total shots stand as the fewest on record (2016-present).
Rocky River got its goals from five different scorers – Snow, Weaver, Will St. Pierre, Nate Robertson and Logan Fortune. St. Pierre and Fortune were credited with assists.
Snow logged nine ground balls and two caused turnovers. Defenseman Charlie Hudson tallied five goals and a pair of spills. Robertson notched three ground balls and one caused turnover.
The Pirates were undone in the game’s turnover battle, committing 21 miscues to the Knights’ 13.
In what has marked a tough stretch in the River schedule, the Pirates have now lost three of their last four games. Their Saturday tilt at St. John’s is slated for a 1 p.m. opening faceoff.
CANNON FIRE …
GROUND CAMPAIGN: With his nine ground balls on Friday, Andrew Snow is up over 100 for the season. He has snared 106 ground balls in 2019 and 275 for his career. … With his five grounders on at St. Francis, Charlie Hudson now has 10 ground balls over River’s last two games. The sophomore d-pole has 23 on the season.
SOLEMN SALUTE: The Detroit Road Buccaneers on Friday wore and for the rest of the 2019 season will continue to wear memorial “JK” stickers on their helmets as a tribute to Dr. Jeff Kovesdy, who suddenly passed away Tuesday. A 1983 graduate of RRHS, Kovesdy is the father of 2018 grad and lacrosse standout Max Kovesdy and has been a longtime supporter of Pirate Lacrosse and Rocky River Athletics. On an editorial note and one I wish I didn’t have to write: with the white “JK” lettering against a maroon background on a helmet affixed to the back of each helmet, the tribute is a fitting one, for Dr. Kovesdy (and my friend, Jeff) was certainly often decked in Maroon & White and was always 100% behind the Pirates.
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