The University of Dallas men’s lacrosse team travelled to St. Louis, Mo. this past weekend to take on Fontbonne University and won 17-8.
The game seemed to be a tale of two halves with the first half being an even affair.
The first quarter began with Fontbonne taking the lead, but it wasn’t long before Dallas answered back. Fontbonne then retook the lead but Dallas again answered to make it a 2-2 game.
The second quarter saw the two teams trade three goals apiece. By halftime the score was tied at 5. However, it did not remain a close affair for long.
The second half was all Dallas from the start as they scored 4 goals in a row. Fontbonne was then able to score a late goal to bring the score to 9-6 in favor of the Crusaders.
Fontbonne opened the scoring in the fourth quarter but freshman midfielder J.P. Hasson responded with a goal of his own just eight seconds later. UD then scored twice more before Fontbonne could get on the board again making it a 12-8 game with 9 minutes left.
At this point, Dallas was just too dominant and added another 5 unanswered goals.
Peter Early credited the team’s success to power play opportunities.
“We started to capitalize on our man-up opportunities,” Early said. “This also began to raise our confidence in our offense which carried us through the second half.”
There were several top individual performances from this game, which included 4 assists from freshman midfielder Jake Frederick. Frederick also scored 2 goals of his own. Hasson led the team in goals with 5, while also adding 2 assists, giving him 12 points for the day. Tyler Smith scored 4 goals while Tucker Jameson added 3 of his own.
Hasson recognized that it was a total team performance.
“Honestly, we just played great team offense and I happened to be in a position to score more on Saturday. Jake had two great assists that left me with a wide open shot each time, and Tyler was dominant at the faceoff X, so we had the ball a lot more on offense. I’m just lucky to be able to play with guys like that.”
Christian Lopez recorded his second game of the season in net, again playing all 60 minutes. Lopez made 11 saves throughout the game.
Next up, the Crusaders will play host to Johnson and Wales University, in Colorado, on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. They will then follow up with another home match on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. against Hendrix College.