The Alma College men's lacrosse team concluded their MIAA home schedule on Friday evening when Calvin College came calling to Bahlke Field in a matchup of two teams desperately wanting a win. The Scots defeated the Knights by a score of 8-4 in a highly competitive match.
The victory improved Alma's overall record to 6-9 on the season and 1-4 in the MIAA, while the Knights are now 2-10 in 2014 and 0-4 in the league.
"We came out with some great energy in the first quarter, however we let up on the gas a little in the second and allowed them to get back into the game," said Alma Head Coach Jason Levesque. "Credit to Calvin, they're a well coached team that never gives up. The second quarter really seems to have been an achilles heel of sorts for us as of late, so we really need to fix that moving forward.
"I like the way we responded and got back to playing our game in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter. For a young team like ours, learning how to play with a lead and close out a game was great to see. I'm really proud of the boys."
The Scots flew out of the gates in this one and scored three goals in the first 3:01 of the match - by So. M/A Kyle Schnitzer (Aurora, CO/Smoky Hill), Jr. M Tyler Bennett (New Lothrop/New Lothrop) and Fr. M/A Josh Sejat (Grand Rapids/Northview).
After Calvin made it 3-1, So. D Isaiah Colmore (Dundalk, MD/Patapsco) scored to give the Scots a three-goal advantage again at 10:55 of the second quarter. The Knights fought back however and scored three unaswered to tie the game at 4-4 with 3:30 left in the frame.
But, Sejat would have the final answer of the first half as he gave the Scots a 5-4 lead at the break when he scored unassisted with just 44 ticks of the clock remaining. The game was incredibly tight in every aspect of the first 30 minutes as each team had 14 shots and the Scots had a 14-13 advantage in ground balls.
The second half was a very defensive minded 30 minutes, especially the third quarter as the Scots pestered the Calvin net with nine shots but could not get one past the goalkeeper. The two teams were scoreless in the frame and went into the final 15 still at 5-4 Alma.
The Scots got the much needed breather goal when So. M/A Marshall Argenta (Stafford, NY/Notre Dame) hit the back of the next with 9:09 left in the game to give the home team a 6-4 lead. That was followed by tallies tallies by Fr. M/A TJ Miller (Brighton/Brighton) and Schnitzer to put the Scots ahead 8-4.
Alma then continued their smothering defense to keep the Knights off the board and came away with the much deserved four-goal victory.
So. GK Al Lesperance (Farmington/Farmington) notched seven saves on the evening to earn the victory in net for the Scots. Schnitzer and Sejat each had two goals and notched team-highs in shots with eight and seven respectively.
The Scots next play on Wednesday when they travel to Albion College for the conclusion of the MIAA regular season. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.