From SGU Sports Info.
Brad Collins, Sports Information Director
SHAWNEE – James Smith stayed hot in St. Gregory’s 13-5 lacrosse victory over Tarleton State Saturday at Fr. Victor Roberts Field. The Cavaliers won for the third time in four games, moving into second place in the Lone Star Alliance’s North Division.
Smith, a freshman from Edmond, scored a career-high eight goals and added an assist. He has totaled 23 goals in the Cavs’ last four games.
St. Gregory’s (3-3, 3-1 LSA North) scored four straight goals over the final 11:54 of the first half to turn a 2-1 advantage into a 6-1 edge at intermission. Smith had four in the first 30 minutes, scoring on assists from Richard Fromdahl, Bryson Sanders and Anthony Robinson.
The Texans came charging back in the second half, cutting their deficit to 7-5 at the 4:19 mark of the third quarter. TSU’s Juan Soto capped that run with his third score of the game.
But led by Smith, the Cavs put it away by scoring six unanswered. Sanders found Smith with 43 seconds left in the third to make it 8-5 before the two flip-flopped early in the fourth as Smith assisted on a Sanders goal with 13:42 remaining.
The rout was on when Smith scored back-to-back unassisted goals at the 9:07 and 6:49 marks.
Sanders finished with two goals and a pair of assists, while Fromdahl had a goal and five helpers. Four Cavs – Fromdahl, Smith, Joshua Bullock and Anthony Robinson – totaled 10 ground balls each. John Curtis saved 20 shots in goal.
St. Gregory’s resumes play next Saturday at home against Metropolitan State College of Denver. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. at Fr. Victor Roberts Field.