Men’s lacrosse falls to Vassar, misses playoffs

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mens laxMen’s Lacrosse had its season ended in a 20-10 loss to Vassar on April 29. The game put the Dutchmen one game behind Vassar and Clarkson in Liberty League play, each of which finished 4-3 in Liberty League play. The two rival schools occupy the bottom two seeds in the Liberty League tournament. Union finished the year 8-6 overall, 4-3 in league play. The Dutchmen entered their game against Vassar in position to qualify for the postseason with a victory. The match started off as a back-and-forth affair before the Brewers took control with the game tied and 5:54 left in the first half, rattling off five goals in a row to take an 11-6 lead into halftime. They did lot let up from there, adding on nine more goals to Union’s four in the second half. The seniors led the way in what would ultimately be their final games as Dutchmen. Jack Scheufele ’17 scored twice while Lance Lonergan Jr. ’17, Daniel Kycia ’17 and Peter Richardson ’17 each netted a goal. Kerry Lyne ’20 scored once and generated a team-high 14 shots on net. Jack Santilli ’19 and Sam Bebout ’18 combined for fourteen saves in net for Union. Vassar was led by a five-goal performance from Sam Houston-Read, who also added two assists. Michael Mullen tallied three goals and three assists, while Chris Billups netted also netted a hat trick. In addition to the four senior goalscorers, Kyle Mason ’17, Jack O’Connor ’17, Tom Lawton ’17 Nick Wright ’17 Matt Kosicki ’17, Vito Capuano ’17 and Michael Froman ’17 all played in their final games for the Dutchmen. This is the first time since head coach Paul Wehrum took over the program before the 2007 season that the Dutchmen fail to qualify for the playoffs. Union’s final victory of the season came on April 26 in a 12-11 defeat of Montclair State. The Dutchmen had led from the get-go up until James Clarke gave Montclair an 11-10 lead with 4:59 left in the fourth quarter. The Dutchmen controlled possession for much of the remaining five minutes in regulation. After forcing a turnover in the Dutchmen end, Lonergan controlled the ball and dashed up the field before finding Lyne, who beat his man one and one before firing the ball past the Red Hawks goalie, tying the game 11-11 at the 2:50 mark in the fourth quarter. It was only a matter of moments before the Dutchmen would hold the lead again. This time it was O’Connor forcing the turnover before getting the ball to Lyne’s stick. Once again, the freshman phenom beat the Montclair netminder, as Union retook the lead with 2:26 left to play. The Dutchmen defense would hold serve from there, finishing off the 12-11 win. Lyne led the Union attack with three goals, while Jack Willis ’20 and John Edmonds ’19 each added a pair for the Dutchmen. Griffin Morgan ’20 also tallied a goal, the first in a Dutchmen uniform.

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