This past Saturday, Feb. 29, the University of Dallas’ men’s Lacrosse team lost to Hendrix College, with a final score of 21-0. The game drops the team’s record down to 0-2 in conference games.
Hendrix College played heavy offense immediately, scoring two goals in the first four minutes of the first quarter. UD responded defensively, only allowing one more goal and blocking the other three shots attempted.
With the first quarter ending 3-0 Hendrix, UD let up on their defense throughout the second quarter, allowing seven more Hendrix goals in the first 10 minutes. In the last minute before the end of the first half, Bogar Trout III, or “Bogie,” of the Crusaders shot but was blocked. UD goalie Sam Dixon closed out the first half with a save against Hendrix, ending with seven saves and allowing 10 goals.
Halftime began 10-0 Hendrix, but UD looked to rally.
Throughout the second half, UD was not able to score but did make four attempts, with Jake Fredrick responsible for half of these shots on goal. Hendrix scored five goals in the third quarter and another six in the fourth. Owen Gibbons, UD goalie, had three saves each quarter, preventing an extra six Hendrix goals.
In the last three minutes of the game, there were three total turnovers: two by UD and one by Hendrix. Even though neither team made a play off either turnover, the stands were full of excitement at the player’s final push. The game ended in a Hendrix victory, with the score at 21-0.
“I don’t have much to say except we really gotta play better lacrosse,” Coach Keith Loftis said. “The score was very one-sided.”
He’s hoping the team will clear better and decrease the number of turnovers in their upcoming games.
Austin Gibbons, sophomore attacker, offered his own input on how the team plans to improve. “We are looking to execute the proper schematics in a unified manner having absolute faith in one another to step up individually and directly impact the unit’s goals for the game.”
Although the next three games are at home, Coach does not necessarily see this as an advantage: “[Its] only [an advantage] if we play better lacrosse.”
The next game for the team is a home game against Franciscan University at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 10. Come cheer on our UD men’s lacrosse as they battle another small Catholic university for a coveted win. Go Crusaders!