The University of Dallas men’s lacrosse team headed up to Colorado Springs to play their first conference game against Colorado College.
The Crusaders let in nine goals in the first quarter. It was not until the third quarter that junior Stephen Joseph put the team on the board. Freshman Frank Sporleder had a goal in the fourth quarter to render the final score at 17-2 for Colorado.
The defense held Colorado College to eight goals for the final three quarters, led by the team captain, junior Sam Carter. Senior goalkeeper Blaise DuFrain also had a stellar game with 23 saves.
The Crusaders returned to Irving to face their next opponent, Concordia. Last year the Crusaders fell to Concordia by a large margin. In one of their best games to date, the Crusaders went 14-31 in face-offs, and had only 11 fewer groundballs than the opponents. After the first quarter, the score was 3-1 in Concordia’s favor.
By the third quarter, however, the Crusaders had fallen behind by a score of 16-5. Your men’s lacrosse team went out fighting, scoring five goals in the fourth quarter and only allowing one. Senior Chris Kerner led the scoring with four goals, followed by Sporleder with three, and freshman Mike O’Connor, senior Lincoln O’Brien and freshman Cody Wooten with one goal each.
The Crusaders looked forward to their next match against Oglethorpe, another opponent from last year. They started strong with the score 7-3 in Dallas’ favor at halftime.
The team picked up 49 groundballs, made all but one clear and went 50 percent on face-offs. Oglethorpe came out strong after halftime and netted eight goals in the third quarter. Despite stellar play, the Crusaders fell by one goal, fighting in the final seconds on offense to send it into overtime. Sporleder led the team with four goals, followed by O’Connor with three. Kerner netted another two, as did Wooten. Junior “Steven” Joseph had one goal.
On a beautiful Sunday morning, the Crusaders faced Birmingham Southern, another SCAC powerhouse. The Crusaders fought, but the Panthers proved to be too much.
Dallas made another run, and by the end of the quarter the score was 18-6, but unfortunately Birmingham Southern scored the last five goals to bring the final score to 23-6.
Dallas’ offense was led by Kerner and Sporleder with two goals each, and Joseph and O’Connor with one each.