MVC Men's Lacrosse Opens Tournament Play with a WinPosted May 2, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (May 1, 2014)- The No. 20 Missouri Valley College men’s lacrosse team opened up GRLC Division II conference tournament play by eliminating Judson University 29-9 Friday afternoon at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
MVC opened up the game with a quick goal from Junior Midfielder Jeremy Frosch (Ocean Springs, Miss.) less than one minute into the game. Two more early goals from the Vikings allowed them to jump out to a 3-0 lead. However, Judson found a rhythm of their own and scored the next three goals to tie it up 3-3 midway through the first quarter. The trend of trio scoring struck again as the Vikings scored the final three goals of the quarter to regain a 6-3 lead.
Eleven was the special number for MVC in the second quarter. The Vikings broke open the game with their eleven goals of the quarter while also shutting out Judson and never looked back. With Junior Attacker Doug Brown (Baltimore, Md.) and Junior Attacker Greg Abendshoen (Baltimore, Md.) netting four and three goals, respectively, the Vikings went into the halftime break with a big 17-3 lead.
After an early goal from Junior Midfielder J.J. Licata (Bel Air, Md.) early in the second half, Judson scored their first goal since the first quarter and was quickly followed by a second goal to narrow the MVC lead to 18-5. Three more goals from the Vikings throughout the remainder of the quarter, including a slick behind the back pass from Brown to Abendshoen, allowed the Vikings to extend their lead to 21-5 as they entered the final quarter of the game.
Judson came out with an offensive mindset as they scored three quick goals, after an MVC goal, to again narrow the Vikings lead to 22-8 early in the fourth quarter. MVC quickly shut down the Judson offense, however, and went on to score seven of the final eight goals of the game to finish off the 29-9 victory.
Leading the way for the Vikings was Abendshoen who netted nine goals with four assists and Brown who finished with eight goals and five assists. Sophomore Midfielder Tim Setree (Annapolis, Md.) scored five goals and had three assists. Both Licata and Frosch each had three goals and two assists. Freshman Goalkeeper Brandon Minshall (Centennial, Colo.) finished with seven saves for the Vikings.
MVC improves to 13-1 on the season. Up next, the Vikings will play in the GRLC Division II Tournament semifinal game against No. 22 DePaul University Saturday at 4 p.m. at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
About Missouri Valley College
Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.