March 30, 2014

Scots Men's Lacrosse claim 9-7 victory at Milwaukee School of Engineering on Sunday

The Alma College Men's Lacrosse team headed to Milwaukee, WI on Sunday to take on the Milwaukee School of Engineering at Viets Field. The Scots got on the board first and refused to surrender the lead, claiming the 9-7 victory on the road Sunday afternoon. 

Alma improves to 5-5 on the year with the win, while the Raiders fall to 0-6 with the loss.

"We showed some great poise and resolve in really taking control of things early in the second half after a bit of a lackluster first," said Alma Head Coach Jason Levesque. "Unfortunately we're still looking for a more consistent and disciplined effort."

"Milwaukee School of Engineering played well, give them full marks for battling back. "However, we've got to do a better job of putting things away, not allowing teams to hang around and get back into the game." 

Jr. D  Alex Novak (South Holland, IL/Marian Catholic) put the Scots up 1-0 at 11:30 with a goal off an assist by So. MF David Foster (Ann Arbor/Pioneer). So. MF Kyle Schnitzer (Aurora, CO/Smoky Hill) would find the back of the net four minutes later to give Alma the 2-0 advantage midway through the first quarter.

The home team recorded a goal at 4:50 to cut the deficit to one heading to the second quarter.

Schnitzer recorded his second goal of the afternoon at 8:53 off an assist from Jr. MF Tyler Bennett (New Lothrop/New Lothrop) to give the Scots the 3-1 lead.

Fr. MF Mitch Adams (Novi/Novi) ended the first half with a goal to give Alma the 4-1 advantage heading into the locker room.

Following a goal by the Raiders in the third, Schnitzer found the back of the net for the third time on Sunday to put the Scots up 5-2 heading into the final quarter of play.

Alma began the fourth by scoring three-unanswered goals to extend the lead to 8-3 with just under 10 minutes remaining. 

The Raiders would respond with a 4-1 run but the Scots remained focused and held on for the 9-7 victory on the road.

Schnitzer had a fantastic Sunday, leading all players with four goals on four shots. So. D  Isaiah Colmore (Dundalk, MD Patapsco) chipped in with two goals and Jr. MF Tyler Bennett (New Lothrop/New Lothrop) added a goal and an assist in the win.

In goal, So. GK Al Lesperance (Farmington/Farmington) collected seven saves on 14 shots to improve to 4-2 on the year.

Alma recorded 48 groundballs compared to 41 by the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  The Scots committed 38 turnovers while forcing 36 and both teams collected 10 faceoff wins.

Alma begins conference play on Wednesday, April 2nd, when they travel to Hope College for a match at 7:00 p.m.