Men’s lacrosse earns first win of the season

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The University of Dallas Men’s Lacrosse team defeated Marian University on Sunday afternoon by a score of 9-7. It was the Crusaders first win of the 2018 season which gives them a 1-1 record.

The Crusaders opened up the scoring with 2 goals in the first quarter. Freshman Chasen Reynolds scored the first goal while fellow freshman J.P. Hasson added the second. Tyler Smith provided the assist on Hasson’s goal.

The beginning of the second quarter saw Marian University tie the game at 2-2. However, the Crusaders came back, scoring 2 late goals to end the half and restore their 2 goal lead. This time Hasson assisted Smith for the go-ahead goal. Peter Early scored the fourth goal right before halftime with 30 seconds left.

The Crusaders stretched their lead in the third quarter by scoring 3 more goals. Tucker Jameson scored twice and Alex Graham scored one as well, both registering their first goals of their collegiate career. Marian university was able to get on the board once during the third quarter, making it a 7-3 game.

Marian outscored the Crusaders in the fourth quarter, but Dallas’ lead proved too much to overcome. The Hawks scored 4 times but the Crusaders added 2 goals of their own, both from Smith. These two goals proved to be the difference as Dallas was able to defeat the Hawks 9-7.

Early was pleased, “that [we] came to the game hyped, ready to play, and came out with a win, especially at the beginning of the season.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Christian Lopez, played all 60 minutes in net. He recorded 9 saves.

“Our defense did an outstanding job keeping Marian’s offense in check and creating opportunities for our offense to score,” Smith said.

After the first two games of the season, Smith leads the Crusaders with 5 goals while Hasson leads the team with 3 assists.

Smith also recognized that it was an all-around team performance.

“Our coaches did an excellent job preparing us for this matchup, the crowd brought a lot of energy, and we had contributions from everyone on the field,” Smith said.

The Crusaders get on the road to St. Louis, Missouri where they will take on Fontbonne University on Saturday afternoon. It will serve as the Crusaders first away game of the year.

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