Lions come back twice to post 12-9 WILA win
Grizzlies take 11 penalties as 3-game streak snapped
ALAMOSA, Colo.— After surrendering four early goals, the Lindenwood University Lions posted the first of their two comebacks as they dominated the second and fourth quarters, thanks in large part to five man-up goals in a 12-9 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association win over the host Adams State College men’s lacrosse team, Sunday afternoon at the ASC Lacrosse Field.
The Lions, who received three goal efforts from Greg Cameron and McNein Hewitt, and a fine relief effort from freshman goalie Jake Redlingshafer, snapped a 4-game slide with the win and improved to 3-4 overall while picking up their first WILA win in four tries (1-3). The Grizzlies, who took five penalties in the second quarter alone and 11 overall, saw their 3-game winning streak snapped while falling to 4-4 overall and to 3-2 in WILA play while slipping back to third place in the association standings.
After the game was delayed by approximately 45 minutes, the Grizzlies came out firing as freshman Parker Smith (Centennial, Colo.) scored back-to-back goals in the game’s first four minutes to put the home team on top 2-0.
Josh Peterman (Santa Ana, Calif.), who assisted on Smith’s second goal at the 11:05 mark of the first quarter, then tallied his 10th goal of the campaign on an Anthony Damico (Littleton, Colo.) assist just 59 seconds later before freshman defender Jake Buescher (Littleton, Colo.) scored a fast-break goal, the first of his career, which put the Grizzlies up 4-0 chasing Lindenwood starting net-minder Dan Ashlock to the bench.
Kevin Bertrand (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was then credited with the Grizzlies’ fifth goal of the game at the 5:27 mark of the first game as a rebound deflected off him and back into the Lion net, which put the Grizzlies up 5-0.
However, the momentum and the bounces would suddenly turn as Grame Hossack scored the Lions first goal just 19 seconds later.
The Grizzlies, who held a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes, then started losing control taking six penalties over a span of just 7:23 as the Lions converted on an illegal stick penalty in the opening minute of the second quarter before tallying two more man-up goals spread over just 1:08 later in the frame.
Down 5-4 at the 8:35 mark after Hewitt’s first goal, the Lions then scored even strength goals from Carter McCracken and Josh Arras, who also had four assists, to take a 6-5 lead into halftime.
The Grizzlies did settle down and came back to take a 7-6 lead as Jake Moberly (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Peterman tallied goals just 38 seconds apart, the second of which came on a man-up try after Lindenwood’s Daniel Strike was penalized for a minute after an unnecessary roughness after Moberly’s goal, which was scored at the 11:16 mark of the third quarter.
However, Cameron and the Lions answered right back with a man-up goal of their own, the start of a 4-0 Lion run, which saw the Grizzlies go scoreless for nearly 22 minutes, a streak that was snapped by a Bertrand goal with 3:53 to go.
Down 10-8 at that point, the Grizzlies did pull back to within a single goal just 30 seconds later on a Trevis Thompson (Centennial, Colo.) goal. However, Hewitt put the game away with two goals in the final two minutes.
The Lions dominated the spot as they claimed 19 of 23 total faceoffs, including an impressive 18-for-21 effort from Richard Wilson, who also scooped up an impressive 11 groundballs.
The Lions were 5-for-8 overall on man-up opportunities and had a 43-34 edge in total shots and a 50-42 cushion in groundballs, helping them overcome 26 total turnovers.
The Grizzlies, who also went an impressive 2-for-3 on their man-up opportunities, committed just 18 turnovers, and were a solid 15-for-16 on clearing attempts but were outshot 14-6 in the 5-0 Lion second quarter, which proved to be the difference.
Peterman led the Grizzlies with three offensive points and seven total shots, while Bertrand added six groundballs to go along with his two goals.
Grizzly sophomore Ronnie Fernando (Lake Forest, Calif.) was solid in net posting 11 saves in his complete game effort while Redlingshafer tallied 10 for the Lions after coming on in relief.
The Grizzlies, who will have a chance at avenging the loss on Apr. 18 in St. Charles, Mo. are now off for 10 days before resuming their season and WILA play with a Apr. 5 home game against Dominican (Calif.), just percentage points ahead of the Grizzlies at 2-1 in WILA play.