MVC Men's Lacrosse Defeats Benedictine Saturday at HomePosted April 5, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (April 5, 2014)- The No. 23 Missouri Valley College men’s lacrosse team picked up their second conference win as they defeated Benedictine College 31-2 at Reed Kepner Field Saturday afternoon.
The Missouri Valley offense came out strong against Benedictine, scoring the first goal of the game just one minute in by Junior Attacker Doug Brown (Baltimore, Md.). Throughout the remainder of the first quarter, the Vikings scored on almost every offensive possession getting four goals from Sophomore Midfielder Tim Setree (Annapolis, Md.), two goals each from Junior Attacker Max Slutsky (Raleigh, N.C.), Junior Midfielder J.J. Licata (Bel Air, Md.), and Sophomore Attacker John Milani (Glenwood, Md.). Also, scoring one goal apiece in the quarter were Junior Attacker Greg Abendshoen (Catonsville, Md.) and Senior Midfielder Damien Watkins (Camp Verde, Ariz.). This plethora of scoring gave the Vikings a 13-0 lead after the first quarter of play.
To start the second quarter, Slutsky wasted no time finding the net as he scored two goals within the first three minutes to extend the Vikings lead to 15-0. Shortly after, Abendshoen found the net for his second goal of the game which was quickly followed by another goal from Slutsky to put MVC up 17-0. Late in the quarter, Setree added two more goals to his total on the day which again increased the Vikings lead to 19-0. It looked like MVC was headed into halftime with a shutout, but with twenty-nine seconds remaining in the half, Benedictine scored its first goal of the game to ruin the Vikings first-half shutout and cut the lead to 19-1.
One minute into the second half, the Vikings scored again on a goal from Junior Midfielder Jeremy Frosch (Ocean Springs, Miss.). The next five goals in the game all came from the Vikings which allowed them to extend their lead to 25-1. Will three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Benedictine scored their second and final goal of the game to close the gap to 25-2. With seven seconds remaining in the quarter, however, a goal by Licata would give MVC a 26-2 lead heading into the final quarter.
Keeping their quick scoring streak to start each quarter alive, the Vikings again scored within the first minute of the quarter on a goal from Brown. Brown scored another goal later in the quarter to put the Vikings up 28-2 with ten minutes remaining in the game. Three late goals at the end of the game from Licata, Frosch, and Milani allowed MVC to wrap up their 31-2 victory.
Leading the way for the Vikings was Slutsky with four assists and seven goals on nine shot attempts and Setree who had four assists and six goals on seven shot attempts. Also, Licata had five goals, two assists, and led the way in ground balls with ten, while Milani had four goals and three assists. Brown had three goals and two assists, Frosch had three goals and one assist, and Abendshoen had two goals and four assists. Freshman Goalkeeper Jason Dotterweich II (Middle River, Md.) led with six saves and Freshman Goalkeeper Brandon Minshall (Centennial, Colo.) had three saves.
MVC improves to 8-1 on the season and 2-0 in the GRLC DII Northwest Conference. Benedictine College falls to 1-3 on the season as well as 1-3 in the GRLC DII Northwest Conference.
Up next, the Vikings are scheduled to travel to Omaha, Neb., for a game against Creighton University Sunday at 1 p.m.
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