Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Lacrosse team shook off a first-half deficit with a second- half comeback but fell late 16-14 to Benedictine University in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference opener for both squads.
The Bucs jumped out early with goals by Liam O'Connor (Michael Boyland) and Matt Kelly (O'Connor) before BenU scored eight unanswered to lead 8-2 after one period. The Eagles increased their run to 10 straight scores and a 10-2 lead in the second quarter before it was stopped by back-to-back goals from Rikley Buckingham (O'Connor) and Tanner James (Mark Gannon). After Benedictine scored again Kelly (Nick Meisberger) scored his second of the game. BenU tallied in the last minute of the half to lead 12-5 at the break.
Meisberger cut into the deficit to start the third quarter before Benedictine scored twice to make it 14-6. Beloit then scored eight unanswered goals bridging the third and fourth periods to tie the game at 14-all with 4:27 remaining in regulation. Kelly (O'Connor), Ed Smith (Boyland) and Gannon (Mike Spencer) got the run rolling to close out the third quarter and close within 14-9. Then in the fourth Gannon, Kelly (O'Connor), O'Connor and Luke Bankord scored to pull the Buccaneers within one, followed by Smith tying it up at the 4:27 mark. But BenU scored at 2:39 and then added insurance at 1:28 to close out the scoring and the win.
John Murphy had 10 saves in goal. Zach Carner and Jake Wallace both had five ground balls while O'Connor and Chris Anderson had four apiece. Wallace and Tyler Jackson both had five caused turnovers.
The Bucs are off until next Saturday when they host Concordia University for Senior Day at the Stadium. Faceoff is at 1:00 p.m.