Men's Lacrosse Falls to Keiser in National Semifinals

Posted May 5, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (May 5, 2017)- The No. 1 Missouri Valley College men’s lacrosse team played Keiser (Fla.) University in the semifinal round of the 2017 NAIA Men’s Lacrosse National Invitational Friday afternoon in Greenville, S.C.  The Vikings trailed for most of the game, and could not complete a comeback, suffering a 14-12 defeat.


Keiser jumped out to a lead in the first quarter, scoring the game’s opening goal with just under nine minutes remaining in the first quarter.  The Vikings answered back five minutes later, getting a goal from Sophomore Midfielder Ryan Barnes (Farmington, Minn.), on an assist from Freshman Attacker Tyler Wilkinson (Driftwood, Texas).  Just over 30-seconds later, Senior Midfielder Greg Ferone (Orlando, Fla.) scored to put MVC in front 2-1, with an assist to Junior Midfielder Owen Sorobey (Winnipeg, Canada).  Keiser held possession late in the quarter, and put a shot into the Viking net just before the buzzer to tie the game at 2-2 going into the second quarter.


Freshman Goalkeeper Austin Degross (Apopka, Fla.) came up with a save in the opening minute of the second quarter to keep the game tied, but Keiser came back with a goal just past the 12-minute mark to put MVC in a 3-2 deficit.  Keiser then used a man-advantage to build its lead to 4-2 near the 10-minute mark.  The Vikings came back just seconds later to cut the Keiser advantage to 4-3 on a goal from Freshman Midfielder Jairus Villarreal (Magnolia, Texas).  Keiser kept pressure on the Vikings and eventually scored with nine-minutes to play in the half to make it a 5-3 score.  The Vikings cut the deficit to 5-4 on a goal from Barnes, at the five-minute mark, but Keiser again answered with another goal just over one minute later.  Wilkinson, on an assist from Senior Midfielder Brendan Gallagher (Geneva, Ill.), made it a 6-5 game, but Keiser scored with just over two-minutes to play in the quarter to make it a 7-5 advantage.  Barnes added one more goal in the closing minute of the half, but Missouri Valley went into the break trailing, 7-6.


Missouri Valley was unable to tie the game in the early stages of the third quarter, but the Seahawks went in front 8-6 with just over four minutes played.  Both teams struggled to maintain possession over the next stretch of play, but Keiser came through with another goal, this time with just over six minutes remaining in the third, to extend its lead to 9-6.  The advantage grew to 10-6 just over one minute later, but Barnes stopped the Keiser run with a goal to make it a 10-7 game with under four minutes remaining in the third.  As time was winding down in the quarter, Wilkinson scored to put MVC in a 10-8 deficit going into the final quarter of play.


Keiser scored the first goal of the fourth quarter, coming near the 13-minute mark to put the Vikings in a three-goal deficit.  Villarreall answered to cut the Keiser lead to 11-9 just over one minute later, but Keiser made it a 12-9 lead with 10-minutes to play in the game.  After the Seahawks went in front 13-9, back-to-back goals from Ferone and Barnes got the Vikings to within a 13-11 score with four minutes to play.  Keiser put the game out of reach with one final goal, making the score 14-11 with three-minutes remaining.  Barnes added a late goal in the closing seconds, but the Vikings suffered a 14-12 defeat.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Barnes, who scored six goals and added one assist.  Wilkinson finished with two goals and two assists, while both Ferone and Villarreal added two goals.  Junior Face Off Specialist Jake Berg (Snohomish, Wash.) won 25 of 28 face offs in the game, and Missouri Valley held a 53-35 advantage in groundballs.


The loss brings an end to the Viking men’s lacrosse season with a 14-2 record.  Keiser advances to the championship game Saturday with a 9-1 record.




Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit


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