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Men's Lacrosse - Tue, Apr. 16, 2013

ELGIN, IL - Now that we have your attention! We want to make you aware of the success that the Judson Men's Lacrosse team has found in only the third year of the program's existence. With the victory over GRLC conference foe Wheaton College the Eagles find themselves one more conference game away from making it into the post-season tournament for the first time in program history. Last season saw the first winning season at 7-6 but with the current streak of eight consecutive wins the Eagles have already improved upon that mark.

After a rocky start that saw Wheaton jump out to the early 2-0 lead, the Judson offense settled in to take the lead by the end of the quarter with three unanswered golas of their own. The second quarter the Eagle offense was on fire as they ripped rope for eight more while the stingy defense only gave up a pair bringing the half-time score to 11-4. Wheaton made some adjustments at the half and were able to put three more on the board but the Eagle O rang up four of their own to answer. The fourth quarter for the Judson offense playing with more ball control as they worked the clock on long possessions that resulted in three more goals while Wheaton needing to press their attack only netted four to end with a final score of 18-11.

 

Leading the scoring for the Eagles were #3 Landin Baron (5G 1A), Josh Elmore (4G 4A), Taylor Stark (4G 3A), Philip Lindsay (4G 2A) and Jeff Acton (1G 1A). Several other players had assists that helped the Eagles on their way to victory. The offensive balance has helped the Eagles all season, as their opponents have tried to shut off one or two players the rest of the offense has picked up the slack and found the back of the net. "The balanced attack has been the key to the current win streak" Coach Collier stated. "The guys have done a great job of find the best opportunities and are playing unselfish lacrosse."

 

The defense made up of three players new to the program have really stepped up. With several key injuries on the defensive side of the ball the new players have taken ownership and take every goal scored against them personally. Frank Falcone started the season as an offensive midfielder and was asked to pick up the pole after losing two defensemen to injury. He has stepped up to be a solid leader and may be one of the best defensemen in all of the GRLC. Freshman Zack Salvati and Newstick Tyler Gainer have both stepped up and taken ownership of the defensive end of the field. Pair of freshman goalies Sam Williamson and Blaize Diaz split time in the net making 20 saves while only giving up 11 goals.

 

The defensive midfield players had their hands full trying to keep Wheaton's Kai Libby in check giving up only 3 goals and 2 assists. Playing the match up game sophomore Jake Ettelbrick was tasked with making Libby's day as miserable as possible. "Jake (Ettelbrick), Mike (Wallace) and the Jeff's (Lee and Acton) played a great game, with lots of stops and creating fast breaks on our end of the field." Collier said. "We were losing the groundball battle and had to make some adjustments to help regain some balance and flow."

 

The Eagles head down to Indianapolis this weekend to play in the Butler Bulldog Battle while they face Butler on Friday eve and a Sat double header with 24th ranked Siena Heights and conference foe Wabash College.