In their season opener on February 5, the Stetson Men’s Lacrosse team fell short against Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in front of a rowdy crowd of excited students and supporters. Stetson was up early in the first quarter after a hat trick by David Wadsworth who scored the first three goals of the game and of the 2011 season. The Hatters held Embry-Riddle scoreless in the first quarter, going into the second quarter with a 3-0 lead. The Eagles responded quickly with four quick goals. With eight minutes left in the first half and the rain coming down, Embry-Riddle had taken the lead with a score of 5-3. They held Stetson scoreless in the second quarter and scored seven of their nine goals in the second quarter alone. The halftime score from Rinker Field was 7-3. Phil Jabornik got the Hatters back on the board in the third with his first goal of the day on a breakaway. Grant Phillips followed lead with another quick goal in the third putting the Hatters within two. The Eagles scored one more goal in the third making the score 8-5 leading into the fourth quarter. The Hatters didn’t score another goal and the Eagles put one more on the board for a final score of 9-5. The Hatters (0-1) will play at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, FL on Saturday, Feb. 12th at 2:00pm. The next home game will be Saturday, Feb. 19th at 1:00pm against the Panthers of Florida International University.