Opening strong at home

by Amanda Jarzynski


The men’s lacrosse team opened their season at home last Saturday with a win against Calvin College, 14-2.

Benedictine started the game strong, scoring within the first minute of play by sophomore Robert Abbott.  Two minutes later, the Eagles scored two goals in just 10 seconds. The first goal came from sophomore Andrew Zmijewski and the second from Trevor Buman.  Calvin College was only able to score one goal during the first 20-minute period.

The Eagles ran away with the lead after the first period, scoring nine unanswered goals, with two in the second period, six in the third period, and one in the fourth period.  Calvin got on the board again a little over halfway through the fourth period, but by that time, there was too much ground for them to make up.

With one last goal from Brandon Berg, the Eagles finished the game by a wide margin of 14-2.  They say the first game of a team’s season sets the tone for the rest of the year.  This game will hopefully give the Eagles the drive to win more games.

The top point scorer for the Eagles was Blake Keenan with four goals.  He was followed by Buman with three points.  Berg and Abbott each scored twice.  Finally, Stephen Link, Tyler Buschow and Zmijewski each scored one goal.

The Eagle’s net was goal tended by sophomore Jeffrey Smitheram, who faced 19 shot sand saved 17 of them.  At the other end of the field, the Eagle’s attempted 29 shots against Calvin goaltender Casey Harless.

Next, the men’s lacrosse team will be traveling for three games.  They will first go up to Michigan to face Olivet College on February 26th.  Then they will go to Wisconsin and play against Beloit College on March 5th.  Lastly, they will go all the way to Ohio and square off against College of Mount St. Joseph on March 15th.  The lacrosse Eagles will not be back at home until March 29th when they will meet Hanover College.