The Scots Men's Lacrosse team traveled to Trine University on Saturday afternoon for a league match in Angola, Ind. The Thunder defeated the Scots 12-1 in a game that saw the home teal lead the whole way. With the loss, Alma is now 0-2 in the MIAA and 3-7 in 2013, while the Thunder is now 2-0 in the league and 6-4 overall.
"We played a great first half this afternoon and had a few looks on the offensive side of the ball but couldn't capitalize," said Scots Head Coach Jason Levesque. "In the second half, our mistakes and a couple of bad penalties really cost us. We couldn't sustain our level of play as we did in the first but it wasn't for a lack of effort. The boys are working hard and each game we are seeing improvement."
The two teams played a tight, low scoring first half as Trine notched the only three goals of the first 30 minutes. At the 4:10 mark of the first quarter, the Thunder scored to make it 1-0 and then added goals at 8:55 and 3:30 in the second frame to take a 3-0 advantage into halftime.
Trine made it 4-0 just 1:16 into the third quarter before the Scots finally got on the board with a unassisted goal by So. M Tyler Bennett (New Lothrop, Mich./New Lothrop). That made the score 4-1 at the 10:17 mark, but Alma would not get any closer.
The Thunder scored very shortly after Bennett's tally and increased their advantage to 7-1 by the end of the third quarter. Trine kept the pressure on the Scots in the fourth and tallied five more goals in the final frame, cruising to the 12-1 home victory.
The Scots were outshot by a mark of 29-3 in the game, with Bennett, So. D Alex Novak (South Holland, Mich./Marian Catholic) and Fr. M/A Kyle Schnitzer (Aurora, Col./Smoky Hill) each notching one. So. GK Daric Mueller (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) had 17 saves in net for the Scots and Fr. GK Al Lesperance (Farmington, Mich./Farmington) played the final 2:04 and gave up a goal.
Alma continues the 2013 season on Wednesday afternoon when they host Olivet College at Bahlke Field. The match is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.