MVC Men's Lacrosse Defeats Washington University to Win GRLC Division II TitlePosted May 4, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (May 4, 2014)- The No. 20 Missouri Valley College men’s lacrosse team rallied late to defeat Washington University 8-7 in the GRLC Division II Tournament Championship Game Sunday afternoon in St. Louis, Mo. The win gives MVC an automatic berth into the MCLA Division II National Tournament in Orange, Calif. The tournament will be played May 12-17.
Junior Midfielder Jeremy Frosch (Ocean Springs, Miss.) got things started for MVC as he scored the first goal of the game just one minute forty-two seconds in. Fifteen seconds later, however, Washington made their first goal of the game to tie it up 1-1. Midway through the quarter, Sophomore Midfielder Tim Setree (Annapolis, Md.) scored another goal for MVC off of an assist from Sophomore Attacker John Milani (Glenwood, Md.) to put the Vikings back on top 2-1. Later in the quarter the Bears scored three more goals to put the Vikings at a 4-2 deficit after one quarter of play.
The scoring slowed in the second quarter as each team only scored one goal. Washington struck again three minutes in to increase its lead to 5-2. With seven minutes left in the first half, Junior Attacker Greg Abendshoen (Catonsville, Md.) flipped the ball to Junior Midfielder J.J. Licata (Bel Air, Md.) who found the back of the net to narrow the Bears lead to 5-3 heading into the break.
Losing the majority of the faceoffs in the first half, Coach Kevin Totaro said, “It all starts with the faceoff. We need to get a couple faceoff wins so we can get possession and let our offense get some good shots on goal.” The Vikings did just that as they won the opening faceoff of the second half and got an early goal from Junior Attacker Doug Brown (Baltimore, Md.) just one minute in to trail Washington 5-4. Midway through the quarter the Bears scored their final two goals of the contest to increase their lead to 7-4. MVC did not give up though as they started their comeback rally late in the quarter getting one goal apiece from Licata and Frosch to cut the Bears lead to 7-6 going into the final quarter.
It took awhile for the Vikings to continue their comeback bid, but eventually Abendshoen netted his first goal of the game to tie it at 7-7 with nine minutes left in the game. The remainder of the game found fans sitting on the edge of their seats until Licata scored his third goal of the day to give the Vikings an 8-7 lead with two and a half minutes remaining. The MVC defense and Freshman Goalkeeper Brandon Minshall (Centennial, Colo.) stepped up their game in the final quarter and shut out Washington which helped the Vikings to finish off their 8-7 comeback win and send them on to California.
“It was great to see the guys play their hearts out and grind it out until the very end,” said Head Coach Kevin Totaro after the game. “It shows the true nature of their dedication to the game and it feels great to win a conference championship as a first year program.”
Licata led the way for the Vikings with three goals that included the final game winning goal. Right behind him was Frosch with two goals of his own. Also, Abendshoen had one goal and two assists on the day. Brown made his way onto the score sheet with one goal and one assist while Setree added one goal. Defensively, Minshall helped the Vikings by coming up with 18 saves in goal.
During halftime of the championship game the tournament committee announced the GRLC Division II First Team All-Conference selections. Members of the Vikings to receive this accolade were Junior Attacker Max Slutsky (Raleigh, N.C.), Jeremy Frosch, and Tim Setree. Also, after the championship game, Brandon Minshall was honored for being the GRLC Division II Tournament Most Valuable Player.
MVC improves to 15-1 on the season. Up next, the Vikings will play in the first round of the MCLA Division II National Tournament on May 12 in Orange, Calif. A game time and opponent have yet to be determined.
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