FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin – Sophomore Collin Fischer scored seven goals to break the school record for goals in a season and senior Clay Gustafson broke his own mark for points to lead the MSOE lacrosse team to a come-from-behind 23-10 victory over Marian Saturday afternoon at Smith Field.
The Raiders (12-4, 5-4 MLC) fell behind 5-1 and still trailed the Sabres (5-12, 2-7 MLC) 7-5 in the second quarter before going on an epic 18-1 run to run away with the game.
Fischer's seven goals are tied for the second-most in a game in school history and pushed his season total to 43. That surpassed Gustafson's record of 40 set last season. Gustafson finished with seven points in the game on three goals and four assists to push his season point total to 71, four more than the team record he set last season.
Gustafson also became the first MSOE player to 100 career assists and capped his outstanding career with school records of 135 goals, 103 assists, and 238 points.
Senior Thomas Reid scored four times and senior Oliver Winsor added three more as the pair nabbed hat tricks in their final games. Senior Oliver Kennedy and freshman Quinn Erdmann had two goals each while sophomores Brett Laffey and John Wilson also got on the scoresheet with goals in the game.
Marian got out on the front foot in the game, scoring first and then breaking an early 1-1 tie with four-straight goals to take a 5-1 lead at the 4:43 mark of the first quarter.
Winsor scored twice in the closing minutes of the period and the Raiders scored two more times to start the second quarter to level the game at 5-5. Two scores for the Sabres in less than two minutes gave the home side a 7-5 advantage before the Red & White took over.
MSOE scored six-straight times over a span of 6:53 to end the first half, striking for three of the team's six man-up goals in that time, and taking an 11-7 lead into halftime. The Raiders then outscored MU 5-1 in the third quarter and scored seven times to start the fourth quarter to open a 23-8 lead.
Marian would add a pair of consolation goals late.
Senior Pat Collins made 11 saves in just under 56 minutes of play in cage in his final collegiate game. He broke the school record for goals against average in a season at 6.66 and. Sophomore Colin Hall played the final four-plus minutes and made one save.
Laffey collected a game-high 10 ground balls and won 20-fo-34 face-offs. He fell just shy of his school record for ground balls in a season (99) with 95 and posted the third-best face-off percentage in a season at 59.1 percent.
The Raiders capped a tremendous season breaking most school records including: 12 wins (old record: 8), 244 goals (180), 611 ground balls (599), 60.0% face-off percentage (56.6%), 6.13 goals against average (8.13), and 53.8% save percentage (52.7%).