By: Claire Kositzky

Benedictine University’s men’s lacrosse lost to long time rival Aurora University on the road this past Thursday.
Freshman Tony DePinto opened the scoring for Benedictine in the first quarter, scoring the first out of three goals throughout the game. Aurora scored three points after DePinto. Freshman Dominic DePinto scored on a feed from junior Blake Keenan. The first half ended with a score of 3-2. In the second quarter of the game, junior Eric Orndorf stopped a run by scoring for the Benedictine eagles, in addition to his two assists throughout the game.
Aurora dominated the second half of the game. However, that did not stop junior Andrew Zmijewski from scoring. In an attempt to salvage the scoreboard, Keenan and Orndorf both scored in the fourth quarter as well.
“This shows how far this program has come in the last 3 years. We have clinched the playoffs and continue to win, despite our loss in today’s game. We are looking forward to the rest of the season and to our playoff birth,” said junior Rudy Berg.
Berg and sophomore Kyle Wagner led the team with five groundballs each. Freshman Jack Collins protected the goal and earned six saves. This win for Aurora earned them the title of Midwest Lacrosse Conference Champions of the regular season.
“Even though our beloved Eagles lost against Aurora, I am still proud of the men’s lacrosse team for all the hard work they have put into their season this year. It is definitely paying off. I am excited to see what they have to show at their playoff games,” said senior Therese Porod.
The Eagles are determined to turn things around for their first play off game on Wednesday, April 29, that will be taking place at home. The blackout game starts at 7 p.m. when they face Concordia Wisconsin.
“It is time for some playoff lacrosse,” said junior Steve Sladek.