By: Logan Hanson
Benedictine men’s lacrosse team lost in a matchup against rival Aurora University 19-9 at the Lisle Sports Complex on last Wednesday night. The Eagles never lead during the game in which Aurora dominated offensively.
“It’s pretty hard to swallow especially cause we have been preparing for a couple weeks,” said head coach Guy Bourdon, “It’s just us being undisciplined and unfocused.”
The Eagles defense started off slowly during the rainy and wet game as they gave up two Aurora goals within a minute of each other in the middle of the first quarter. Sophomore Corbin Gett was the first to put Benedictine on the board when he put a nice shot past the Aurora goalie.
This was the closest margin for Benedictine as Aurora responded strongly with five straight goals to take a 6-1 lead halfway into the second quarter. A goal by Freshman Dell Hune broke the scoring streak and Sophomore David Blanco hit his 15 goal of the year to close the gap 6-3 with 4:20 left in the half. Aurora responded with two quick goals before halftime to take an 8-3 lead into the locker room.
The second half went the same way for the Eagles as Aurora extended their scoring streak to 6 taking a 12-5 lead with only a few minutes left in the quarter. Another Hunn score broke the Aurora run, but Aurora answered with four more goals outscoring the Eagles 8-3 in the third quarter to take hold of the game.
Hunn scored a goal midway through the fourth quarter was one of the high points for the Eagles as the Spartans took the win easily coasting to a 19-9 victory. Aurora outshot the Eagles 45-42 and won 19 faceoffs.
“I think we beat ourselves rather than Aurora beat us,” said sophomore Rich Mix, “There were times on the field when we forgot our game plan and that hurt us.”
The Eagles next game will be against Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) at the Lisle Sports Complex on April 30 at 1 p.m, before the Midwest Lacrosse Conference Tournament (MLCT) begins in May.