MEQUON, Wis. – It didn't take long for Concordia University Wisconsin to show it was a force to be reckoned with on Saturday afternoon, as it shutout Hanover College, 22-0, in a Midwest Lacrosse Conference matchup at Fitting Field. The Falcons set a record for goals in a game, while numerous players had career days.
The shutout was the third in program history and the first of the season. CUW (6-3, 3-0 MLC) was clicking on all cylinders from the opening faceoff and finished with advantages in shots on goal (53-24), ground balls (46-29) and it cleared 28-of-32 attempts.
Sophomore Matt Larsen (Gurnee, Ill.) led all players with five goals, while junior Sam Wladyka (Winnipeg, Manitoba) add three scores and four others tallied two markers. In all, 12 players found the back of the net in the dominating win. Junior Justin Krause (Hartland, Wis.) and Wladyka each assisted on a trio of goals.
The shutout wouldn't be without the superb play of junior Zack Davis (LaPorte, Ind.), freshman Thomas Mueller (Prior Lake, Minn.) and freshman Mackennon Falvey (Mukwonago, Wis.) between the pipes. They recorded a combined 11 saves and stopped several difficult point-blank attempts by the Panthers.
CUW was faster and more aggressive on both ends of the field and ended the game with 22 caused turnovers, which is the second highest in program history. Offensively, 11 of the 22 goals netted by the Falcons were assisted on.
CUW completes its two-game MLC homestand on Sunday against Defiance College at 1 p.m. at Fitting Field.