Berea, Ohio - The Alma College men's lacrosse team fell by a 14-9 margin on Friday (March 25) afternoon at Baldwin Wallace University in the Scots' second game in three days. Alma, which suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season, is now 5-3 overall, while the host Yellow Jackets improved to 6-1.
Freshman midfielder Jake Ellens (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) netted a team-high three goals for his second hat trick of the season while freshman Jared Nycz (Elma, N.Y./Iriquois) and senior Marshall Argenta (Stafford, N.Y./Notre Dame) each tallied a pair of markers as the Scots were outshot, 36-18.
Alma opened the scoring 1:10 into the contest when Argenta scored on a feed from senior Kyle Schnitzer (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill), but Baldwin Wallace responded with five of the game's next six markers to take a 5-2 lead after the first period. In the second period, the Scots pulled within one when sophomore Daniel Buchy (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) and Ellens scored about six minutes apart to make the score 5-4 with 8:41 left in the half. The Yellow Jackets finished the half with three straight goals to gain a n 8-4 advantage. Argenta found the net with 38 seconds remaining to help the Scots head into the half down by only three goals at 8-5.
Alma would not get any closer than three goals in the second half as Baldwin Wallace outscored the Scots 3-1 in the third stanza to take an 11-6 lead. The Scots added three goals in the final period with Nycz scoring twice and Ellens completing the hat trick.
Defensively, senior goalie Al Lesperance (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington) took the loss, allowing eight goals on nine shots. Freshman Cam Stelljes (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) relieved Lesperance late in the first half, making five saves on 11 shots. Sophomore Tanner Diment (Midland, Mich./Midland) collected a team-high eight ground balls while sophomore Ben Luzar (Midland, Mich./Midland) caused four turnovers.
The Scots return to Bahlke Field on Saturday, March 26, to host Southwestern University (Texas). Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.
Head Coach Michael Kinney
"We had long bus rides and a short turnaround time between two of the best opponents on our schedule this week. We knew it was going to be tough for us. You can learn a lot from these types of games and what we learned is that we've got guys all over the field that want to compete at the highest of levels. We are so excited for the back half of the season."