LISLE, Illinois – The MSOE lacrosse team fell behind 7-1 at halftime and could not recover in suffering an 11-5 loss to Benedictine Wednesday evening at the Lisle Sports Complex.
The Raiders (10-2, 3-2 MLC) rallied with a 4-1 run to open the second half to pull within 8-5 but the Eagles (8-4, 4-1 MLC) killed off the game with three unanswered goals.
Five different players scored goals for MSOE, as seniors Clay Gustafson and Thomas Reid, sophomores Harrison Davies and Collin Fischer, and freshman Quinn Erdmann each found the back of the net. Gustafson and Fischer added assists in the match.
Two goalies saw time in the cage, with senior Pat Collins making three saves in the first half. Sophomore Collin Hall stopped four shots in playing the final 30 minutes.
Benedictine opened the scoring with back-to-back goals inside the first four minutes of the game before Reid netted an unassisted score at 9:57 to make it 2-1. The Eagles then scored late in the first quarter and shut out the Raiders 4-0 in the second to build their 7-1 lead at the intermission.
MSOE benefitted from back-to-back penalties to get back into the game with a pair of up goals in the first two minutes of the second half. Gustafson scored just 16 seconds into the first man advantage at 14:41 and Fischer followed at 13:09, nine seconds after a BenU player was flagged.
The home team pulled a goal back before two more goals in quick succession by the Raiders made it a three-goal game. Davies and Erdmann were the scorers.
Unfortunately, that is as close as MSOE would get. The Eagles answered with successive goals of their own to close the third quarter and scored the lone goal of the fourth quarter to secure the win.
The Raiders held a 29-27 shot advantage in the game, including 19-18 in shots on goal. They put 12 shots on cage in the second half as they fought back, leading to the four goals. MSOE committed four fewer turnovers, 18-14, and conceded 25-19 ground ball disparity. Face-offs went 10-8 in favor of the home team, as well.
MSOE will look to rebound when it returns to the field Sunday at first-place Aurora.