LACROSSE STRIKES BACK

IAN WARD ‘19 | ONLINE EDITOR • This past Sunday, the Wabash lacrosse team bounced back from an initial rough start to their season, defeating Wilmington College, 19-6. The Wabash offense dominated the game. Led by Steven Stark ’19 and Collin Brennan ’19, tallying 10 points each, both players broke the Wabash College lacrosse record for most points in a game. Stark previously held the record with nine points.

Off an assist from Brennan just 67 seconds into the game, Tucker Dixon ’19 scored the first goal of the game making the score 1-0 early. From here, the first period ended with Wabash leading 4-2. Dixon added another off a second assist from Brennan. Dixon then returned the favor and Brennan scored his first goal of the game off an assist from Dixon. Jake Taylor ’20 contributed the final goal of first quarter.

In the second quarter, both the Wabash offense and defense were dominant scoring five goals to Wilmington’s two. Stark led the quarter making a hat trick of goals within three and a half minutes, with Dixon also completing his hat trick late in the quarter.

In the second half, Wabash deconstructed the Wilmington defense outscoring them 10- 2 in the half. Dajon Thomas added four goals in the second half off assists from Dixon, Taylor, and Stark.

“It was nice to play a similar sized squad, and be able to capitalize on that,” Chase Cochran ’20 said.

By the end of the game, Wabash had outshot Wilmington 43-23 and forced 28 turnovers. One key to victory was Wabash’s control of the ground ball game; Wabash capitalized on
42 ground balls, giving them more possessions and opportunities to score. Wabash went 4 of 9 in extra man opportunities where Wilmington scored just two goals off 12 opportunities.

“I’m proud of how the team responded after Saturday’s loss. All week we worked hard to correct our mistakes and it paid off,” Stark said. “We like to recognize that one guy who scored a lot of goals or made a cool play, but in reality, this team made plays all day that put us in a position to be successful.”

With their first win of the season in the books, Wabash will be heading south to Georgia and North Carolina over spring recess for two more non- conference games, before starting their 2018 NCAC campaign on March 11 at Kenyon College.