Saturday afternoon was the start of season three of the Alma College men's lacrosse program and they began the journey on the road at Thiel College (PA). The Scots had the lead after three quarters, but ultimately fell to the home team by a 12-11 score.
Alma is now 0-1 on the season, while Thiel improved to 1-1 in 2014.
"Both myself and Coach Rowley are extremely proud of our team," said Alma Head Coach Jason Levesque. "We showed a tremendous amount of resolve and character today. We executed well, but left a few plays out there that we need to make to win and a couple miscues cost us, but overall we battled hard from start to finish.
"There's a great deal we can take from this game, many positives and much we can learn from. We're all looking forward to another opportunity next week."
Thiel got on the board quickly, notching a goal in under a minute to take the 1-0 lead early. The Tomcats recorded another goal at 7:52 but Alma would respond with three-straight to take the 3-2 advantage after the first period.
So. MF Kyle Schnitzer (Aurora, CO/Smoky Hill) scored the first goal of the 2014 season off an assist from So. D Isiah Colmore (Dundalk, MD/Patapsco). In addition, Fr. MF TJ Miller (Brighton/Brighton) and So. MF David Foster (Ann Arbor/Pioneer) both found the back of the net unassisted.
Miller would tally another goal to start the second quarter to put the Scots up 4-2 at 12:21. Thiel would respond with a goal of their own, but Alma quickly countered by tallying two goals to stretch the lead to 6-3 at the 5:51 mark. The Tomcats refused to go down without a fight, and closed the second quarter on a 3-1 run to cut the deficit to just one, 7-6, heading into the locker rooms.
Thiel came out firing in the third quarter, scoring three unanswered goals to take the 9-7 lead into the final quarter of play.
The Tomcats would cling to the two-point cushion for a majority of the fourth, but Miller would knock in two back-to-back goals to tie the game 11-11 with just over a minute remaining. Despite an incredible defensive effort by the Scots, Thiel would collect a goal at with 58 seconds remaining to claim the 12-11 win at home.
Miller had an outstanding game for Alma, racking up five goals on eight shots and collecting two groundballs. Schnitzer paced the Scot attacks with three assists and also added a goal.
Timothy O'Shea notched five goals for Thiel (including the game-winner) on six shots on goal.
Scots continue their road trip on Tuesday, taking on Bridgewater (VA) at 4:00 p.m.