March 1, 2014

Alma Men's Lacrosse earn first win of the season, downing Southern Virginia 14-4

The Alma College men's lacrosse team finished off its season-opening road trip on Saturday, traveling to Buena Vista, VA to take on Southern Virginia University. The Scots looked strong against the host Knights throughout the match and took home the 14-4 victory on the road.

Alma claimed its first win of the season Sunday, moving to 1-3, while the Knights dropped to 0-4 with the loss.

"It was nice to finally get into the win column after a some close battles earlier this week," said Alma Head Coach Jason Levesque. "We were still a little inconsistent at times today, and while it's been a long week with our fourth game in eight days, we've got to make sure we're bringing our "A" game on every shift, no matter what the score is or who we are playing. 

"All in all, I'm extremely proud of the effort these young men put forth throughout the past week. We learned a great deal about our team and some of the things we have to improve on as we go forward. It will be nice to recharge and get back at it next weekend." 

After barely coming up short in the first three matches of the season, the Scots came out Sunday focused and determined to end their road trip with a win.

Fr. MF TJ Miller (Brighton/Brighton) found the back of the next less than a minute into the game to put Alma up 1-0. Later in the frame, So. A Kyle Schnitzer (Aurora, CO/Smoky Hill) took it himself with just under a minute to play to give the Scots the 2-0 lead after one quarter of play.

Alma applied even more pressure in the second quarter, scoring four unanswered goals, the last being at the 6:54 mark, to take a commanding 7-0 lead. After a Southern Virginia goal, Schnitzer would connect on his third goal of the first half to give the Scots the 8-1 lead heading into the locker room.

The third quarter proved to be much more competitive with each team scoring three goals. Heading into the final quarter, Alma clung to an 11-4 lead.

Despite the big lead, the Scots did not pull back on their attack, scoring three-unanswered goals to close out the match. Miller knocked in his third goal of the afternoon at 11:33 and Schnitzer collected goal number four at 8:45. With just seven seconds remaining, Jr. MF Tyler Bennett (New Lothrop/New Lothrop) scored off an assist by Miller to give Alma the 14-4 victory on the road.

So. MF Marshall Argenta (Stafford, NY/Notre Dame) and Schnitzer had huge days for the Scots on Saturday, both finishing with four goals and two assists. Miller added three goals and a helper, while So. D Isaiah Colmore (Dundalk, MD/Patapsco) chipped in with one goal and one assist in the victory.

Nash Wilkey led the way for the Knights with two goals and an assist.

In goal, So. GK Al Lesperance (Farmington/Farmington) stopped eight of twelve shots to improve to 1-3 on the year.

Alma pressed Southern Virginia throughout the match, finishing with 46 shots compared to just 27 by the home team. Both teams committed 26 turnovers and the Scots collected 43 ground balls to just 31 by the Knights.

The Scots return to Alma on March 6, welcoming Wilmington College (OH) for a match at 7:00 p.m. It will mark the 2014 home opener at Bahlke Field and will be the second of two games - the women take on Wilmington at 2:00 p.m.