NEWBERRY — The Newberry men’s lacrosse team met their match in the conference home opener on Wednesday night against the Cobras’ of Coker. A second period rally and strong defensive performance by the Cobras’ pushed them past the Wolves, 5-3.
Newberry (4-5, 0-2 SAC) were on a hot streak in the opening minutes of the game, scoring the first goal after just three minutes of play. The Wolves were headed by Jeremy Ross, who saw an opening in the lane and sailed in a shot.
After the fast start for the Wolves, Coker had an answer, keeping sole possession of the ball for the next three minutes. At the seven minute mark, the Cobras’ made a series of shots, but were not able to connect on any of the attempts. Dylan Mansur would find teammate Matt Cromie to give the Wolves the 2-0 lead at the end of the first period.
Coker (4-4, 1-1 SAC) would get their first points on the board by Matt Murphy via a pass by Rylee Marsh. The Murphy goal would essentially give the Cobras’ the fuel they needed to score the next two goals of the period. Coker would out shoot the Wolves 10-2 in the second period, and would only commit one turnover.
After the half, the suffocating defense by both squads would see neither team score in the third period. They would combine for eight shots and nine turnovers the entire period.
With the fourth period on the horizon, Newberry would even the slate at the 11 minute mark via a goal from Ross. Deadlocked at three, the Cobras’ Ethan Irizarry would slither his way into scoring position and give Coker the 4-3 edge. Coker would seal the game with a goal with 10 seconds remaining. Newberry was held to just one shot in the remaining eight minutes of the game.
Ross recorded two goals on the evening, and launched off four shots with two being on goal. Cromie would see three of his five shots be on frame. Goalie Erick Szurley would make 11 saves on the game.