ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Four different Raiders found the back of the net, and Colin Hall made 16 saves, but it still wasn't enough to overcome a four-goal final quarter from Augustana, as the Vikings defeated the MSOE men's lacrosse team by the score of 9-6 on Wednesday evening in western Illinois.
Tonight's contest was originally supposed to be a home game, but with what remains of winter still covering Viets Field, the game was moved to Augustana's (2-3) campus, turning it into an away matchup. Already having lost their home field advantage, MSOE (0-4, 0-1 MLC) needed to dig deep in order to find their first win of the season.
The game started off with each team trading off a pair of goals, as the first quarter ended tied at two. Harrison Davies (Coeur D'Alene, Idaho/Coeur D'Alene) got the offense going, burying his unassisted goal at 3:41. Less than one minute later, Max Marquette (Andover, Minn./Andover) took an Erik Nelson (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) pass to put the Raiders up 2-1. These goals were sandwiched between two Vikings scores, providing an even playing ground in quarter two.
MSOE led the charge in the second frame, scoring two of the three goals in the 15-minute time period. First was a Jack Fisher (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) score, set up by John Wilson (New Oxford, Pa./New Oxford). Fisher would go on to figure in the next goal as well, assisting on Nelson's tally at 9:11. There would be about eight minutes between scores, as Augustana closed the first half with a goal at 1:08, sending the teams into halftime with MSOE up 4-3.
In an about-face from the second quarter, the third ended with three goals, but this time the Vikings provided all but one of them. AU scored two unanswered goals, before Wilson would put home a Fisher pass to even up the game at 5-all. MSOE would add one more Fisher goal in the fourth, but that was no match for the Vikings four total goals in the time remaining in regulation. The dominate final frame gave Augustana the win and sent MSOE back to the drawing board in search for that elusive first victory.
Besides the difference in goals, the team statistics were more or less even. MSOE won 11 of the 17 faceoffs in the game, while Augustana paced both teams in shots 46-32. Neither team was able to take advantage of the 14-total man-up situations in the contest, as there were 12 minutes of penalties handed out over the course of the game.
The Raiders will have a brief two-day break before their next live game action, which will take place at Fontbonne at 1:00 pm on Saturday.