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Men's Lacrosse - Sat, Apr. 13, 2013

ELGIN, IL - The Judson Eagles Men's Lacrosse Team found themselves peering across the field at conference foe DePaul University. The Eagles had faced the Blue Demons the past two seasons and had not been able to come away with a favorable outcome. To look at the size and numbers one would think that the Eagles were once again up against a formidable foe.

As Coach Collier looked to the DePaul bench he knows that there is a familiar face in DePaul Head Coach Sean McDonnell. Coach McDonnell played for Coach Collier back in their days together at Saint Viator High School. The McDonnell family along with Judson Head Coach A.J. Collier II were the founders of the Saint Viator Lacrosse program. When asked about the relationship Coach Collier said "I would like to think that I taught Sean (Coach McDonnell) to honor the game and play it the way it was meant to be played, but I saved a few of my best tricks for days like today!"

Coach Collier indeed had a few tricks up his sleeve. The Eagles came out firing on all cylinders as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter and pressed on to a 11-5 lead at the half. Coach Collier stated "we knew that they were bigger and had a deep bench but with our speed and heart we needed to get up early, take some wind out of their sails and make them chase us down, which they almost did"

The second half was a much different story as the Blue Demons superior numbers came into play as our Eagles began to slow down due to the intense pace of the game. DePaul rang up two more goals to the single goal scored by Judson bringing the tally to 12-7. The Blue Demons found another gear in the fourth quarter and found the back of the net five more times. Luckily the Eagles were able to rip rope for one more goal in the fourth a game winner from the stick of Junior Attackman #17 Taylor Stark. Stark put four in the back of the net and had an assist to bring him to five points on the day. Fellow attackmen #3 Landin Baron (3G, 1A), #21 Tim Casson (1A) and #24 Josh Elmore (2G, 4A) as well as middies #28 Jake Ettelbrick and #22 Philip Lindsay each with 2 goals and 1 assist.


The Judson defense played the gameplan to perfection with the bend don't break strategy Coach Collier had worked on all season just for games like this. Judson continues to be one of the least penalized teams in the conference showing that teamwork and discipline can overcome great odds. "We played solid team defense, I am proud of the work that Frank (#18 Falcone), Tyler (#30 Gainer), Zack (#88 Salvati) and Jake (#28 Ettelbrick) put in on the defensive end of the field. And how about Blaize (#23 Diaz) living up to his name between the pipes!" says Coach Collier. The defense had plenty of help from the midfield with #1 Jeff Lee, #4 Jeff Acton, #51 Lucas Mackey and #54 Mike Wallace all having plenty of stops and takeaways on the defensive end that turned into plenty of opportunities in the offensive end of the field.


The victory over DePaul places the Eagles (7-1) in second place in the divison and in control of their own destiny as the hope to advance into the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC) post season tournament and then hopefully onto the MCLA National Tournament. The Eagles will face another tough challege as they play host to conference opponent Wheaton College on Tuesday, April 16th @ 4pm on Dawson Field, on the campus of Judson University.