On a sunny Wednesday, your Crusaders played against the Centenary College Gents in their last home game. Although the season was plagued by injuries, the team brought their A-game. The Crusaders came out shooting, and outscored their opponent by 18 in the first quarter. They dominated groundballs throughout the game, with freshman Frank Sporleder picking up a record 17 groundballs. Senior Blaise DuFrain notched eight saves in a match in which the Crusaders kept offensive pressure on the Gents’ defense throughout.
Junior Stephen Joseph led the team in points with four goals and six assists. Sporleder again excelled, scoring seven goals and dominating face-offs. The team played well as a unit: 10 of the 22 goals were assisted. Freshman Cody Wooten added three goals to the tally, while junior Joe Kaiser, sophomore Joe Hrbacek and freshman Bryson Briggs had two goals each. Seniors Chris Kerner and Lincoln O’Brien each tallied one goal, with Kerner also having two assists, while O’Brien had one. Freshman defender Bryan Leto was a force to be reckoned with, picking up six groundballs and forcing a turnover.
After thoroughly defeating the Gents in their last home appearance, the Crusaders traveled to Sewanee University in Tennessee to play another SCAC team. The Crusaders suffered without captains Joseph and Sam Carter. Sewanee dominated in many aspects, outshooting Dallas by 40 and scooping up 30 more groundballs. On the plus side, Sporleder and Kerner each scored a goal in the first quarter, and DuFrain tallied 12 saves. The Crusaders ended up losing 23-2.
The Crusaders played their last game of their trip in Danville, Kentucky, against Centre College. Dallas battled hard despite being low on numbers. The team was almost equal with Centre on face-offs, going 13 of 28. Kerner was 75 percent on face-offs, and Sporleder dominated groundballs on the team with six. Kaiser and Kerner led the team with two goals each, and Sporleder added another in the fourth quarter. It was notable that rookie defender and sophomore Paul Carter got his first assist, making a pristine feed to Kaiser on the crease. On the defensive side, freshman Joe Scheetz got three groundballs for the Crusaders. The Crusaders lost this game by a score of 22-5.
Next weekend the team travels to Southwestern University for the final game of the season.