Friars and Quakers now share first place


Archbishop Curley avenged its only MIAA B Conference lacrosse setback thus far this year, Tuesday, when the Friars knocked off No. 17 Friends, 11-10, on Curley’s home turf, to forge a tie at the top of the MIAA B Conference standings.

In the first meeting, which was played at Tierney Field at the U.S. Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Friends jumped out to an early lead as the coasted to a 10-6 victory. In the rematch it was Curley that built the early lead, scoring five times in the second quarter to turn a 2-1 advantage into a 7-4 halftime lead. Curley still led by three goals, 8-5, after three quarters, but the Quakers outscored Curley 5-3 in the fourth quarter to get back within a goal.

Noah Kellner led the Friars with four goals, while Ben Smith had two goals and an assist and Nick Ramage scored twice. David Bell, Brandon Smith and Josh Knapp each contributed a Curley goal, while Alex Scholz made eight stops in goal.

Jack Bauer’s hat-trick led Friends, while Skyler Kessenich, Owen McManus and Ned Forbush scored two goals each for the Quakers. Patrick Linehan also had a big day with one goal and four assists.

Curley outshot Friends 38-25 and the team split 24 face-offs. Friends won the ground ball battle 27-20.