Men’s lacrosse’s unbeaten streak comes to an end

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The men’s lacrosse team’s stellar 6-0 start came to a halt as they lost to the USILA 10th-ranked Williams Ephs on their spring training trip in Boca Raton, Fla. Up to that point, the team had beaten several talented squads, earning them a No. 3 USILA ranking.

In their first game of the season, the Dutchmen narrowly defeated the powerhouse Cortland Red Dragons 14-13 in a thrilling contest that came down to the final minutes. This victory caused the Dutchmen to move up to No. 4 on the USILA poll.

Following this strong start to the season, the Dutchmen took on Oneonta, also the Red Dragons. The team dominated Oneonta, defeating them 15-6. Nine different players scored in the contest and three goalies saw action, including Sam Bebout ’18 who made his Dutchmen debut.

Charlie Ross ’15 led the team in scoring with a hat trick and two Dutchmen finished the game with five points; Peter Richardson ’17 had one goal and four assists, and Cam Slatton ’16 had two goals and three assists.

Next, the Dutchmen conquered Babson, defeating them 10-4. Again, Ross led the team in goals, scoring a hat trick.

Union’s defense played especially solid, allowing only one goal in the second half. Goaltender Stefan Basile ’15 performed particularly well against Oneonta and Babson, earning himself Defensive Performer of the Week honors from the Liberty League and Division III Mid-Atlantic Defensive Performer of the Week honors from the ECAC.

Following this win, the Dutchmen took to the road to face a talented Wesleyan squad. The two evenly-matched teams went back and forth throughout the contest, leaving the score to be tied at 13-13 in the final seconds.

The heroic efforts of Ross in the final moments of the game helped Union to come out on top. With 0.4 seconds left on the clock, Ross put one in the net and propelled the Dutchmen to victory. Richard Gregory ’15 led the team in goals, scoring a hat trick.

Next, the Dutchmen traveled to Massachusetts to take on Springfield. In another close victory, the Dutchmen defeated Springfield 9-8.

Early in the first period, Springfield led Union 3-0, but then, the resilient Dutchmen went on an 8-1 scoring run that lasted into the third period. Springfield eventually caught up to the Dutchmen.

In the final seconds of the game, Springfield had an opportunity to score and tie up the game but their efforts were squashed by Michael Froman ’17, who forced a pivotal turnover.

Ross led the team in scoring with four goals. Ross’s extraordinary efforts over the past few games earned him a spot on the Liberty League Honor Roll.

Over spring break, the Dutchmen traveled to Boca Raton, Fla., to soak up some rays and play some lacrosse. First, they took on Bard, a Liberty League opponent, defeating the Raptors 15-4.

Ross, again, led the team in scoring with a hat trick and three Dutchmen, Josh Freilich ’18, Michael Adams ’18, and Sean Pensavalle ’18 scored their first collegiate goals.

Bebout earned his first career start in goal and based on his performance, earned Rookie of the Week honors from the Liberty League. His teammate Connor Hall ’15 was named to the Liberty League Honor Roll.

Following this win, the Dutchmen’s record was 6-0 and the team was ranked No. 3, a phenomenal start to the season.

Next, the Dutchmen took on 10th-ranked Williams. Unfortunately, this is where there undefeated season came to a crashing halt, as the Dutchmen were defeated 16-10 by the Ephs.

Union was led in scoring by Slatton and Nolan Stauffer ’17 who each had two goals.

Upon returning home, the Dutchmen traveled north to take on the St. Lawrence Saints. The Dutchmen dropped this contest, as well, being beaten 7-4 by the Saints in a Liberty League conference match-up.

Basile made a valiant effort in goal, stopping 15 shots.

Following two losses in a row, the Dutchmen stepped their game up, defeating St. John Fisher 19-12 and then steamrolling over Clarkson 13-6 in a game played at College Park.

This week, the Dutchmen will travel to take on Montclair State and local rival RPI.

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