By Jake Loel,
Last Saturday, the University of Dallas men’s lacrosse team took on the Pirates of Southwestern University and fell 17-3.
Although Southwestern’s Julian Quintero won the first face-off against junior midfielder Alex Ziolkowski, the Crusaders took an early lead with an unassisted goal by junior attack player Matt Cyr. Southwestern answered with four goals in the first quarter. Cyr scored again, only to receive a debilitating hit by a Pirate defenseman. This hit resulted in Cyr crawling off the field in pain, only to return in the next quarter. The Crusaders failed to score again until the end of the fourth quarter, when Cyr managed to slot a ball into the back of the net past Southwestern backup goalkeeper Evan Carlson.
Although he was the Crusader’s sole scorer of the weekend, Cyr humbly did not take any credit for the team’s successes, saying “[Junior goalkeeper Ryan] Murphy was phenomenal. He had a lot of saves.” Upon reviewing the game statistics, it was seen that the Pirates took 61 shots on Murphy, with 36 on target. According to Udallasathletics.edu, Murphy had 19 saves, but upon analyzing the statistics, Murphy said he thought he had more. The Crusaders only managed to shoot 10 shots, and the Southwestern goalkeepers only had four saves between them.
Cyr said there was no real turning point in the game, but that the Pirates wore the Crusaders down. He stated that the team was “switching a lot between zone and man-to-man, and sometimes they exploited that…but as a whole the defense played really well.”
Cyr suggested that the biggest reason for the loss was the offensive turnovers, due partially to the Crusaders dropping passes, partially from the powerful stick checks from the overly aggressive Pirates. “We were really exhausted from playing defense,” Cyr said. It seemed that this exhaustion stopped the Crusaders from being able to score. The Crusaders also struggled to pick up ground balls, only picking up 31 to the Pirates 58.
Freshman defender Peter DeTar suffered a major blow and is possibly concussed according to Cyr. At this time it is unclear if he will be able to play for the rest of the season. The Crusaders’ season has been plagued with concussions, and if DeTar does, in fact, have a concussion, he will be the third player this semester to fall to such an injury.
With this loss, the Crusaders’ record changes to 5-8, and they are now in the midst of a three-game losing streak. The Crusaders travel to the Milwaukee, Wis. area this upcoming Saturday where they hope to improve their record with games against Concordia University and Milwaukee School of Engineering. The weekend after that, the Crusaders will end their season with another weekend tour of the Midwest: a game at Fontbonne University in Missouri and another at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.