MILWAUKEE – The MSOE lacrosse team clinched its first-ever conference tournament berth with a 9-5 victory over Benedictine Wednesday night at Viets Field.
The Raiders (8-7, 5-3 MLC) never trailed in defeating the Eagles (5-11, 3-4 MLC) for the first time and tying a school record with their eighth win of the season.
MSOE will be the No. 4 seed in next week's MLC Tournament, taking on the yet-to-be determined No. 1 seed Wednesday, May 3 on the road.
Seven different players scored for the Red & White, with sophomore Jack Fisher netting two goals and two assists on the night. Juniors Clay Gustafson had a goal and two assists while juniors Oliver Kennedy, Oliver Winsor, and Thomas Reid had a goal and an assist each.
The Raiders and Eagles traded goals to open the scoring, then Kennedy countered BenU's equalizer just 39 seconds later to make it 2-1 and send the Red & White on its way. Gustafson and Winsor added goals to make it 4-1 one quarter.
Benedictine would score the game's only goal in the second quarter to pull within 4-2 at halftime.
Three-straight goals in a span of 2:04 in the third period proved to be too much for the visitors to overcome. Fisher scored at 9:08, then Wilson and Davies followed suit just 54 seconds apart to open a 7-2 advantage.
The teams then traded goals throughout regulation.
Junior Pat Collins made eight saves in goal for the victory. Sammie Sanko made seven stops.
MSOE played a strong game all-around, holding a 32-28 shot advantage and 25-20 edge in ground balls. The Raiders were also a perfect 13-for-13 in clear attempts and committed just seven turnovers.
The Red & White has one more match before the league tournament, playing an out-of-conference contest with Carthage Saturday in Kenosha.