Men’s lacrosse falls short, reflects on its strengths

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Joe Kaiser
Contributing Writer

After a season marked by injury and loss of personnel, the Dallas Crusaders headed to Georgetown for their final game.  With only 13 players, Dallas fought hard against the Southwestern University Pirates.  At the end of the first quarter, the score was only 0-4 in favor of the Pirates.   The offensive capability of the Crusaders was not realized until the fourth quarter, when freshman Cody Wooten scored with 1:07 left in the game on a man-up opportunity.

Freshman goalie Paul Domalakes played the entire game, saving 10 goals for the Crusaders.  Freshman Frank Sporleder again led the team in ground balls, scooping up 11 throughout the game.  The Pirates outshot the Crusaders by a large margin.  Despite the best efforts of the Crusaders, the game ended in a 22-1 loss.  Overall, the Crusaders were 2-12 on the year.

The team looks forward to more success next year.  The return of sophomore Tony Lemos will be important for the Crusaders. The attack unit has suffered from the loss of his leadership on the field and at practice.

While it seems that the lacrosse team struggled this year, many individuals stepped up their game in spite of adversity. Junior Sam Carter set a season record with 14 caused turnovers, overturning Joey Mullen’s previous record of 10.  Sporleder also got his name in the record book twice, with 137 groundballs (previous record was 72) and 135 face off-wins (previous record was 103). Blaise DuFrain also bested his record with 187 saves on the season (162 last year).

Senior captain Chris Kerner was a cornerstone of the Dallas lacrosse program.  On the year, he posted 26 points, had 60 groundballs and seven caused turnovers. The fourth leading scorer was Wooten.  On the year, he had 11 goals and 38 groundballs, and his tricky play on the crease will be valued as the team augments its strengths.

One of the biggest strengths of the lacrosse program is that it is, overall, a young team with many up-and-coming stars.  Sporleder will continue to produce on offense and at face-off next year.

Freshmen defenders Bryan Leto and Joe Scheetz had 43 and 41 groundballs total on the year.  With their selfless play, Dallas lacrosse can look forward to having a solid defensive unit.

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