Brien Lank, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas men’s lacrosse team played its season opener this Saturday against Millsaps College, losing with a final score of 15-6.
In this inaugural game for the newly acquired coach, Jeff Guy, the Crusaders struggled, but saw some bright moments. Dallas attackman Andrew “Grandpa” Kent started the game’s scoring, with captain Tony Lemos assisting from behind the goal. Junior Joey Mullen netted two goals – both in man-up situations, and both assisted by freshman Matt Cyr. Lemos followed up with an unassisted goal at the end of the third quarter, and went on to score another in the fourth. Freshman Alex Ziolkowski also converted an unassisted score in man-up late in the fourth quarter.
The game got physical in the second half. A big hit on the sideline by Ziolkowski inspired Lemos to follow suit with a very solid collision at the midline. The chippy play plagued the Crusaders all game long, as penalties accumulated.
Coach Jeff Guy remained composed throughout the game, encouraging his team to pull together as a unit. This paid off in the second half, as Dallas regained its momentum. Freshman goaltender Ryan Murphy played an incredible game, making several outrageous saves between the posts to keep the team in the game.
The team saw the loss as a learning experience, and intends to put in the necessary work to compete with teams of any level. The Crusaders look forward to competing in their next game, against Regis College, on Saturday, March 9. It will be their first home game of the 2013 season.