To kickoff the milestone, the War Eagles had the chance to view Georgia Tech take on Minnesota and witness the Yellow Jackets earn a 13-7 victory.
“It was big to get the win on the 10th anniversary game,” Marist boys’ lacrosse coach Shaun Lux said. “The program has come a long way in 10 years. Georgia Tech playing before us was a really good experience for the boys. It was a good thing for the program and the guys. They really enjoyed it today.”
Just like the Yellow Jackets, the War Eagles struck first and remained ahead of their opponents. Senior Joseph Arlotto scored the first goal late in the first quarter and sophomore Cameron Pearson’s goal added to the advantage with 2:09 left in the frame.
After the Panthers halved the margin early in the second period, Collin Wilcox rebuilt the lead with an assist from fellow junior Ben Carroll.
Early in the third quarter, Lakeside finally drew even at 3-3 with 9:20 remaining but nearly three minutes later, senior Stephen Grove scored for the War Eagles and with 1:21 to left in the frame senior Joey Paris stretched the margin back to two goals.
In the fourth junior goaltender Sage Hardin made some key saves down the stretch and junior Ryan Prater had the final tally for Marist with just over a minute left.
“I got to give Lakeside-Evans credit,” Lux said. “They are a program that gets better and better every year. They gave us a great game. Thankfully, our defense played really tough.”
As far as Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets scored the first six goals of the game and were led by Chris O’Brien’s four tallies. Brian Connolly had three goals.
“A lot of the guys that graduated from Marist last year play for Georgia Tech so it’s good to see the progression from high school to college,” Lux said. “It’s good to see the speed of the college game, get a glimpse into the future if they want to play on the next level.”