Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Lacrosse team saw their five-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night by a strong Illinois Wesleyan University squad, falling 23-11 at Strong Stadium.
The teams jockeyed for the lead in the first period, with a man-up goal by Matt Kelly (Michael Boyland) 40 seconds into the opening quarter and a goal by Nick Meisberger (Boyland) at 12:17 of the period giving the Buccaneers a 2-1 lead. IWU scored back-to-back to take the lead but Mark Gannon evened it at 3-all at 10:25. The Titans took the lead for good with two straight scores before Luke Bankord pulled Beloit back within 5-4 at 6:56. After Wesleyan scored two straight to move up by three goals only to see the Bucs pull back within 7-6 with consecutive scores by Rikley Buckingham (Gannon) and Meisberger. IWU then went on a three-goal run that bridged the second period for a 10-6 advantage. Zach Carner stopped the run at 10:55 of the second quarter but the Titans answered with four straight goals to end the half with a 14-7 lead.
The Wesleyan run reached 11 straight in the third quarter for a 21-7 advantage with 1:28 left in the period before Boyland (Kelly) finished the period with a man-down goal that made it 21-8 heading to the fourth. Beloit scored three of the five fourth quarter goals, with Gannon (Kelly) teaming up back-to-back to open the period. After Illinois Wesleyan finished their scoring at 7:14 and 3:37 Andreas Piepenberg closed out the scoring with 13 seconds left.
John Murphy made 13 saves in goal for the Buccaneers, facing 36 shots on goal. Carner had six ground balls and Jake Wallace five while also causing six turnovers, tied for the second-most in a game in program history.
Beloit now prepares for its final regular-season game, as well as the possible #1 seed in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference Tournament, when they host four-time defending champion Aurora University - winners of their last 38 MLC games heading into their matchup with Concordia Wisconsin on Wednesday - on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. at Strong.