Pace Men’s Lacrosse Down Wilmington 18-8


Dan Zabbia, who leads the team with 11 goals (Instagram: @paceunivlax)

Amine Kassaoui, Feature Editor

NEWARK, DE – The No. 13 ranked men’s lacrosse Setters moved to 2-0 on the young season with another convincing victory, this time over Wilmington University (Delaware), 18-8, on the road.

Dan Zabbia picked up right where he left off in the season opener, scoring the first goal of the contest against the Wildcats, and three of his team’s first six.

Although the sophomore wasn’t much of an impact player in his freshman campaign, he has come roaring out of the gates in 2023, with six goals scored in the first game against Molloy and five more tallies versus Wilmington to give him a team-leading 11.

Zabbia also caused a team-best three turnovers defensively.

Pace was up 5-0 after one quarter, and 11-0 at halftime, effectively putting Wilmington to bed in thirty minutes. The Setters let their foot off the gas a bit in the second half, being outscored 8-7, but the final result was already academic at that point

Anthony Caputo scored a hat trick for the second consecutive game, and tossed two assists. The Long Islander is tops on the team with three assists thus far this season, and second with six goals.

Rafael Rodriguez and Ryan Brown each also netted a trifecta of goals, as well serving up an assist each.

Max Streety was once again strong in the draws, winning 14 out of 21 face-offs for the Blue & Gold.

Goalkeeper Louis Ragusa saved seven shots in the win in net.

Rowan Kelly scooped up the most ground balls for the Setters with six, just one shy of his career-high, with Ragusa and Streety picking up four apiece.

Pace next travels to Baltimore, Maryland, to take on Lynn University next Saturday at 12 p.m.