The Beloit College men’s lacrosse team improved to 3-1 on the season with a 13-12 win over Milwaukee School of Engineering Wednesday night at Strong Stadium in Beloit.
The teams posted nearly identical stats in the contest and, indicative of the score too, it came down to the wire. Beloit had the advantage in shots while MSOE took the upperhand in faceoffs. Additional statistical categories including groundballs, clears, saves and turnovers were dead even in the game.
The Buccaneers struck first as Avery Walter-Bailey found Michael Boyland who found the back of the net at the 10:43 mark in the first. MSOE responded at 7:30 with a goal of their own.
Then it was quick back-and-forth action to wrap up the first quarter as Beloit took a 2-1 advantage with 4:17 left on the clock on a goal by Mark Gannon. The Raiders evened the score two minutes later. After that goal, it took just 20 seconds for Beloit to regain the upperhand as Jake Wallace picked up a groundball and took it all the way. A minute later Michael Spencer found the back of the net to make it 4-2 in favor of Beloit after one period.
The teeter-totter game continued with MSOE opening the scoring in the second at the 13:26 mark. With 10:55 Boyland struck again and teammate Matt Lee found the back of the net 21 seconds later aided by a faceoff violation on the Raiders. MSOE narrowed the gap to two, 6-4, with 6:16 remaining on the clock. Like the last few minutes of the first quarter, a flurry of shots found the back of the net. First Boyland at 5:49 followed by a response from the Raiders at 4:54. Then Boyland again, this time with a man-up goal off a pass from Kevin Joswiak to make it 8-5. MSOE cut into the deficit at 2:44 but the Bucs pushed and went into the break with a three goal lead, 9-6 after Nick Meisberger scored for his first goal of the game courtesy of a Lee assist.
Five goals in the first six minutes featured scores by Joswiak off another helper from Lee, an unassisted goal by Walter-Bailey at the 9:56 mark, and three by the Raiders to make it 11-9 BC with 9:08 left in the third. MSOE struck again with 2:48 left in the quarter to pull to within one, 11-10 heading into the final 15 minutes of play.
Lee gave Beloit an extra cushion with an unassisted goal 2:15 into the fourth. MSOE responded with 10:11 remaining. Sticking with the theme of the game, Beloit extended their advantage to two goals once again with another score from Gannon with nine minutes to go.
Nearly four-and-a-half minutes ticked off the clock, one of the longest scoreless portions of the entire game, before MSOE made it 13-12 with 5:32 still left to play. Oddly enough, the longest scoreless period of the game was the final 5:32.
Boyland and Lee each tallied four points in the game with Boyland netting four goals and Lee splitting his points with two helpers. John Murphy picked up the win in net registering nine saves in the game.
Up Next: The Bucs head to Mequon to take on Concordia University-Wisconsin Saturday at noon.