Men's Lacrosse Beats Benedictine and Advances to KCAC Championship Game

Posted April 20, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 19, 2017)-The No. 1 Missouri Valley men’s lacrosse team travelled to Leavenworth, Kan., in a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament semifinal match-up Thursday afternoon. After a close first quarter, Missouri Valley pulled away to win, 21-5. The win meant that Missouri Valley moves on to the championship game on Saturday.

 

Missouri Valley found themselves behind early in the first quarter when Benedictine scored with four minutes played. The Vikings responded with a goal from Sophomore Midfielder Ryan Barnes (Farmington, Minn.) just over a minute later. Missouri Valley took the lead with two minutes to play in the first quarter when Junior Midfielder Carson Brezinski (Edmonton, Alberta) scored, getting an assist from Sophomore Attacker Jack Smith (Austin, Texas). Benedictine levelled the score moments later, until the Vikings took the lead again through Barnes, getting an assist from Freshman Midfielder Tyler Wilkinson (Driftwood, Texas). With 30 seconds remaining, Benedictine made the score 3-3 with another equalizing goal.

 

The second quarter began with Missouri Valley taking the lead through Smith, with an assist from Barnes. Minutes later, Brezinski gave an assist to Barnes who scored again to make the score 5-3. Junior Midfielder Dan Block (Farmington, Minn.) scored just over a minute later with an assist from Freshman Midfielder Brandon Rice (Kahnawake, Quebec), before Brezinski made it 7-3, getting the assist from Smith. Wilkinson, Barnes and Junior Midfielder Owen Sorobey (Winnipeg, Canada) all scored in the last two minutes of the half, to give Missouri Valley a 10-3 lead at halftime.

 

Missouri Valley scored two goals early in the third quarter, with Sorobey scoring within the first minute, before Senior Midfielder Greg Ferone (Orlando, Fla.) scored with an assist from Wilkinson. The Vikings added to their lead with three goals in quick succession, with Brezinski scoring twice, either side of a goal from Barnes. Junior Defender Alex Aubrecht (Farmington, Minn.) scored to make it 16-3 with seven minutes to play, before the Vikings got a goal in the last minute of the third quarter from Rice.

 

Benedictine came out and scored early in the fourth quarter, making it 17-4, but Missouri Valley quickly responded with a goal of their own, with Senior Brendan Gallagher (Geneva, Ill.) getting the goal. Junior Attacker Alex Moyer (Kansas City, Mo.) added to the lead minutes later, before Wilkinson made it 20-4 with eight minutes remaining, getting an assist from Barnes. Missouri Valley scored once more in the game, getting a goal from Sophomore Midfielder Darien Orellana (Lee’s Summit, Mo.). Benedictine scored late in the game, but it was only a consolation as Missouri Valley won, 21-5.

 

Missouri Valley was led by Barnes who scored five goals and added two assists. Brezinski scored four, and assisted three. Wilkinson got two goals and three assists. Freshman Goalkeeper Austin Degross (Apopka, Fla.) made six saves in the game.

 

The win moves Missouri Valley to 12-1 on the season. Benedictine end their season with a 5-7 record.

 

The Vikings men’s lacrosse team will play in the KCAC Postseason Tournament championship game on Saturday at 4 p.m.  Missouri Valley will play the winner of the University of St. Mary (Kan.)/Ottawa (Kan.) University semifinal game.

 

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