by Amanda Jarzynski
After losing to Beloit College, the men’s lacrosse team bounced back with a win over Olivet College. The Eagles faced a strong team and needed to work hard to claim their win, 12-10.
Benedictine came into the game hard, scoring three goals and keeping Olivet from scoring until the final seconds of the first 15-minute quarter. Into the second quarter, Olivet was only able to score one time again. Benedictine, on the other hand, started to run away with their victory. They scored four goals, two of which came from Brandon Berg, in just under nine minutes of play, giving them a lead of 7-2 going into halftime.
Olivet was not just going to let the Eagles dominate the playing field, though, and once the second half of the game began, they showed they had more fire in their engines. The Eagles’ Andrew Zmijewski scored back to back goals for his team and Olivet player, James Collins, answered back with a pair of his own. Benedictine held onto their lead of 10-4 to head into the start of the fourth and final quarter.
With victory in sight, the Eagles let their guards down a little bit too much in the fourth quarter, just enough for Olivet to make their move and score six goals against the Eagles. Blake Keenan and Kyle Wagner of Benedictine each scored a goal to keep their team going strong. With their six-point lead now almost gone, the Eagles played mostly defensively for the last few minutes of the game. They tried to keep the ball out of Olivet possession until the clock ran down to zero. Finally, they could celebrate their victory.
Zmijewski ended the game as the top scorer for Benedictine with three goals. He was followed by Stephen Link, Keenan, and Brandon Berg who each scored two goals. Also scoring one goal a piece were Trevor Manzke, Rudy Berg, and Wagner.
The Benedictine men’s lacrosse team will be taking an away trip before traveling to Tennessee to face Huntingdon College. They will not be back at home until March 29th when they will compete against Hanover College.