MILWAUKEE – The MSOE lacrosse team scored a school-record 26 goals for the second time this season to score its first league win of the season, 26-4, against Fontbonne Saturday afternoon at Viets Field.
The Raiders (6-1, 2-1 MLC) equaled the school record for goals in a game, which it had set March 7 against North Central (Minn.), while setting season-highs with 71 shots and 70 ground balls in an all-around dominant performance.
Six different players scored at least three times led by senior Oliver Kennedy's four goals and two assists and senior Clay Gustafson's seven points on three goals and four assists. Senior Thomas Reid, junior Jack Fisher (two assists), sophomore Collin Fischer (two assists), and freshman Quinn Erdmann also had three goals apiece.
MSOE scored the first four goals of the game and, after the Griffins (1-6, 0-2 MLC) fought back with back-to-back scores, the team finished the first quarter with a 7-2 advantage. Fontbonne scored first in the second quarter, netting a pair of goals in the period, but the Red & White answered with three-straight goals each time to take a 13-4 lead into halftime.
The Raiders piled on nine more goals in the third period before coasting to the victory with a four-goal fourth period, the last of which tied the team record with 5:47 remaining.
MSOE held commanding advantages of 71-11 in shots and 70-22 in ground balls while forcing FU into nine more turnovers, 22-13. The Red & White was also a perfect 14-for-14 on clear attempts, compared to 5-of-18 for the visitors, and won 26-of-33 face-offs.
The shots, ground balls, and 41 points (thanks to 15 assists) are each the second-most in a game in program history for the Raiders.
Every available player saw the field in the game, with three goalies getting time in the cage. Senior Pat Collins made two saves in playing the first half to get the win. Sophomore Colin Hall made one save in 21:27 of action and freshman Jaden DeFields stopped the lone shot he faced over the final 8:33.
MSOE now has a week off before a non-conference road match at Olivet on March 24.