The men’s lacrosse team continues to excel on the playing field, winning three road games this week and increasing their win streak to 12.
After losing the second game of the season the Bulldogs have not looked back, compiling a 13-1 overall record and 8-0 conference record, in the hunt for their second straight Midwest Lacrosse Conference Championship.
“Conference games are really important, winning these past few games puts us in a great position to hose the Midwest Lacrosse Conference tournament, which is important because we are undefeated at home this season,” said senior midfielder Scott Krystiniak.
Adrian started off their weekend Saturday by traveling to Kenosha, WI to take on Carthage College. The Bulldogs immediately pounced on the Red Men to start the game, leading 5-1 after the first quarter. Thanks to strong defensive play and senior attacker David Monroe’s second and third goal of the game, Adrian headed into halftime up 7-1.
After regrouping during halftime, the second half brought on reinvigorated Carthage team that was able to slip six goals past Adrian. Their efforts would prove to be otiose however, as the Bulldogs matched the Red Men goal for goal in route to a 13-7 victory.
Next the team headed to Milwaukee, facing off against the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Sunday. Once again Adrian’s offense and defense came out firing on all cylinders, taking an 8-2 lead into halftime.
With the Carthage game still fresh in their minds, the Bulldogs continued to pound MSOE in the second half. After scoring nine more goals Adrian would go on to win the game 17-2.
Offensively, Adrian had four multi-goal scorers, with freshman attacker Mitch Burgin recording four, attackmen senior T.J. Cook and freshman Tyler Joseph each recording three, and freshman midfielder Douglas Boyd netting two. Lerg got the win in net after making nine saves and allowing two goals.
“We have been playing well together the past couple games and now we’re just trying to finish the season strong, so we can have everything clicking for the MLC tournament,” senior defenseman Zac Colvin said.
Wrapping up their week, the team once again hit the road to take on Trine University Wednesday. Adrian dominated the first quarter, scoring four goals to take a 4-0 lead into the second. Although the Bulldogs surrendered a goal in the second quarter, they answered right back with two goals of their own to take a 6-1 lead into halftime. Once again, Adrian came prepared to play the second half, allowing two goals while scoring four of their own on their way to defeating Trine 10-3.
Adrian’s offense was lead by Adamson, who recorded three goals, followed by Monroe and junior attacker John Hudzinski. Lerg made eight saves while leading his team to its 12th straight victory. Lerg has been a major factor in Adrian’s success this year, something his teammates are aware of.
“Lerg has been key for us, being nothing short of spectacular between the pipes,” said sophomore defenseman Lido Aldini.
The team will now have several days off before traveling to take on conference foe, Fontbonne Saturday. Fontbonne, currently 6-5, will be the teams final test in their quest for a perfect season in MLC league play.