Men’s lacrosse starts season slowly

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On Saturday, the University of Dallas men’s lacrosse team took on Huntingdon College in the first home game of the season. The final score of the non-conference game was 20-3, with Huntingdon College taking home the win. 

In the first quarter, the Hawks quickly put four goals on the scoreboard, starting off the game with a strong lead. UD’s junior Jake Frederick scored a goal around the four-minute mark, with the assist from freshman Christian Mitchell. Huntingdon quickly retaliated against UD’s challenge, putting up 10 more goals in the second quarter. UD failed to score in the second quarter, trailing behind Huntingdon 14-1 going into halftime. 

The Hawks scored another two goals in the third quarter, leading the Crusaders into the fourth by 15 points. UD rallied, and Fredrick secured two more goals in the final quarter, making him UD’s sole scorer for the game. 

Freshman starting goalkeeper Michael White logged 14 saves in the first half while his freshman teammate Owen Gibbons blocked seven shots. Overall, Huntingdon had 52 shots to UD’s 16. 

While the outcome of the game was not what the Crusaders hoped for, Coach Keith Loftis, the head coach of the men’s lacrosse, seemed pleased with his team’s effort.

“We have a relatively small roster, which includes a number of players who only recently started playing Lacrosse, but our men played tough & competed hard for all four quarters today,” Loftis said. 
Although the Crusaders didn’t secure a win on Saturday, Loftis’ words on his team’s work ethic and heart indicate that UD is in for an exciting lacrosse season. Come support the Crusaders on February 29 at 1:00 p.m. as they challenge Hendrix College in the second home game of the season.

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