OLIVET, Michigan – Senior Clay Gustafson scored eight points to become the first member of the MSOE lacrosse team's 200-point club in a 17-5 defeat of Olivet Saturday afternoon at Cutler Athletic Complex.
The Raiders (6-1) went on a 13-1 run to break a 2-2 tie and never looked back in downing the Comets (0-6).
Gustafson scored four goals and added four assists to handily surpass 200 career points as he finished the day with 203. He has 120 career goals and 83 assists in his career. He was the second MSOE player to reach 100 points, a club that now includes four players.
Sophomore Collin Fischer scored five goals and added an assist as three other players had multiple goals and eight players found the back of the net in the match. Senior Oliver Winsor and sophomore Harrison Davies scored two goals each.
The two teams traded goals through the first half of the opening quarter before the Raiders started to pull away. After Olivet leveled the game at 2-2 with 7:34 remaining in the period, junior Jack Fisher responded with the go-ahead goal 39 seconds later and Fischer netted an up goal 1:33 after that to make it 4-2 heading into the second quarter.
MSOE opened the second period with four-straight goals and, after an OC score, tacked on two more. Then, in the third quarter, the Red & White held a 5-0 scoring advantage to push its lead to 15-3.
The Comets would pull a pair of goals back inside the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter but that momentum was stamped out by two more Raider goals to provide the final score.
Senior Pat Collins made 11 saves over three quarters to pick up the win. Sophomore Collin Hall stopped two shots in playing the fourth quarter.
Despite the lopsided score, MSOE only claimed a 51-33 shot advantage. The visitors did win 18-of-24 face-offs and gather a 45-29 advantage in ground balls in the game. Sophomore Brett Laffey led the efforts on both fronts, going 16-for-21 in face-offs and picking up 11 ground balls.
The Red & White special teams were also quite efficient, converting on 3-of-9 man-up opportunities while shutting out the Comets on eight tries with a man advantage.
The Raiders return to action Wednesday, hosting Carroll at Viets Field.