Bulldogs foiled by Sailfish, 16-9

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The Barton College men’s lacrosse team held a two-goal lead after one period Monday afternoon, but the Bulldogs could not sustain their offensive momentum over the final three quarters, instead falling to Palm Beach Atlantic 16-9 at Electric Supply Company Field.

Barton (1-6), continuing its inaugural season, enjoyed a strong start, taking a four-goal lead in the opening quarter. Sophomore Jake Copio put away two early goals, and freshman Mason Chaney and freshman Mark Crawford added finishes to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 cushion with 7:39 left in the period.

However, Palm Beach Atlantic (4-2), members of the Sunshine State Conference, scored the next three goals to trim the margin and leave the Bulldogs with a 5-3 lead after the first period.

The Sailfish went ahead for good with 9:01 left before halftime on Blake Israel’s unassisted tally, and the Bulldogs trailed 9-7 at the half. Barton would get just one goal in each of the final two periods, one on Chaney’s finish off an assist by freshman Matthew Thon in the third and Chaney’s finish with 11:36 to play to make it 13-9 Sailfish. 

Hunter Huxoll, a freshman, had the assist.

Chaney had four goals to lead Barton, with Copio adding three. Crawford and Copio each had two assists.

The Sailfish posted a 48-32 advantage in ground balls, while the Bulldogs were guilty of 30 turnovers.

Barton will try to end its four-game skid Saturday at Tusculum.