The Beloit College men’s lacrosse team fell to Benedictine 11-7 to move to even in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference at 2-2.
On a cloudy day at Strong Stadium, the Eagles struck first with a goal just over five minutes in. The Bucs responded with an equalizer at the 6:37 mark as Mark Gannon got the ball to Michael Boyland who found the back of the net. Matt Lee gave the Buccaneers the lead with 3:15 on the clock with an unassisted goal but Benedictine scored twice in the final three minutes to secure a 3-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles scored three times in the second quarter before Nick Meisberger made good on a man-up opportunity off an assist from Kevin Joswiak to cut the deficit to 6-3.
The teams traded goals in the first five minutes of the second half. Avery Walter-Bailey got in on the action finding the back of the net off an assist from Boyland to make it 7-4. Gannon narrowed the gap to two, 7-5, at the 8:06 mark on another man-up goal. Joswiak registered the helper on the goal.
Once again the teams traded goals in the first five minutes on the final period of play. Boyland teamed with Gannon for his second goal of the day to pulled the Bucs within two, 8-6, with 10:08 remaining in the game but Benedictine pushed the lead back to four with two goals just 33 seconds apart.
Michael Spencer notched the Bucs’ final goal of the game with Meisberger on the assist with just over five minutes of play remaining. The Eagles tallied one more in the last minute for the final score, 11-7.
Boyland and Gannon each registered three points in the game with Boyland scoring twice and Gannon recording two helpers. John Murphy recorded 10 saves in net for Beloit in the loss.
Up Next: The Bucs will head to St. Louis to take on Fontbonne University April 7 at 1 p.m.