Men’s Lacrosse snaps skid with dominating victory over Hanover
Box Score: CUW 15, HC 4
MEQUON, Wis. - The offense was clicking and the shots were coming from everywhere as Concordia University Wisconsin's men's lacrosse team earned a 15-4 victory over Hanover College in Midwest Lacrosse Conference play on Friday afternoon at Fitting Field.
It did not take long to see that CUW had worked on its shooting fundamentals this past week in practice. The Falcons finished with an overwhelming 47-15 shot advantage and cleared 21-of-23 attempts in the victory.
CUW (1-3, 1-1 MLC) started slow in the opening half of the first three games this season, but the Falcons connected for eight first half goals against HC. They fired double-figures shots in each quarter of the contest.
"It is always nice to get the first win out of the way," head coach Jeff Roberts said. "The kids really needed this win. We preached the fundamentals of shooting all week in practice and went back to the basics, and we really took advantage of every opportunity we had today."
Sophomore Danny Dahms (Alberta, Calgary) led the Falcons with four goals on six shots, while seven of his teammates also scored a goal. Sophomore Sam Wladyka (Winnipeg, Manitoba) led all players with three assists.
Sophomore Peter Morton (Albany, Ga.) recorded a game-high eight ground balls and sophomore Justin Krause (Hartland, Wis.) won 7-of-9 faceoffs for the Falcons. Sophomore Zack Davis (La Porte, Ind.) recorded five saves to earn the win between the pipes.
Luke Karnick scored all four Panther (3-3, 0-1 MLC) goals and Josh Green finished with the team's only assist. Tim Gruber recorded a team-best seven ground balls and won 10 faceoffs.
CUW scored the game's first three goals to take a 3-0 lead just over five minutes into the game. HC answered with a pair of scores to put the scoreboard at 3-2 less than eight minutes into the contest.
"One of the foundations of our program is 'one more' meaning that we want to find the best shot available," Roberts said. "The guys believe in the concepts we are teaching them and when they are looking for their teammates who have a better shot we will be very successful."
The Falcons offense answered with five-straight goals to take a commanding 8-2 lead at halftime.
Both squads traded a pair of goals to begin the third period prior to CUW ending the victory with six unanswered goals. The Panthers used three goalkeepers in the contest.
CUW's 48 ground balls was a single game program record and its 15 goals were the second most scored in a home game.
The Falcons make the long trek to Texas to compete against Southwestern University and the University of Dallas on Monday and Tuesday.