Fayetteville, N.C. - The Alma College men's lacrosse team saw its' season-opening four-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday (March 5), falling to Methodist by a 16-8 margin.
Three Scots - freshman Jared Nycz (Elma, N.Y./Iroquois), sophomore Daniel Buchy (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) and senior Marshall Argenta (Stafford, N.Y./Notre Dame) - each scored twice in the loss, while Nycz added a season-high three assists.
The Scots and Monarchs were tied at four apiece after the first quarter, and Methodist led 7-6 at the half, but the third quarter is where the game was decided. The Monarchs came out of the break and scored eight times in the third frame to take a 15-7 advantage heading into the final stanza.
Freshman Jake Ellens (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) was credited with a team-high five ground balls, while sophomore Austin Jordan (Naperville, Ill./Nequa Valley) caused three turnovers. In net, senior Al Lesperance (Farmington, Mich./Farmington) suffered his first loss, making one save on 16 shots.
Methodist (2-4 overall) was led by Jake Smerka, who scored four times, while Andrew Ruskey and Ty Haith each netted three goals.
After playing its first five games on the road, Alma (4-1) will come home to Bahlke Field on Saturday, March 12, to host Hiram College. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.
Head Coach Michael Kinney
"When you play a team as good as Methodist after a week on the road, things like this happen. We had an off day but will use it as a teaching tool to get better going into conference play in April. It was a great spring break for the guys and we definitely grew closer as a team. I really can't be disappointed with being 4-1 in the early part of the season."