Alma, Mich. - Playing its third game in four days, the Alma College men's lacrosse team needed extra time to remain undefeated at home, defeating Southwestern University (Texas) by a 10-9 margin in overtime at Bahlke Field. The Scots improve to 6-3 overall with the win as they wrapped up non-conference play.
Freshman Jared Nycz (Elma, N.Y./Iriquois) scored the game-winner with 2:18 remaining in the overtime to complete the hat trick. Nycz finished the game with three goals and two assists.
The teams were tied after the first 15 minutes at two goals apiece before Alma took an early lead in the second quarter when senior Kyle Schnitzer (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) scored the first of two goals to give Alma a 3-2 lead. The Pirates responded with three straight scores to lead, 5-3, at the break.
In the third quarter, Alma pulled within one when freshman Jake Ellens (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) scored his second goal of the game to make the score 5-4 with 12:53 to play in the frame. The teams combined for four goals in the final 1:39 of the stanza, with Alma scoring three times in the final 1:15 to enter the final quarter with a 7-6 lead.
Southwestern opened the fourth quarter by tying the game at 7-7 with 11:37 to play in regulation before the Scots scored twice on goals by Schnitzer and Nycz to go up by a 9-6 margin with 4:20 remaining. In the final 1:21, The Pirates found the net twice, including the equalizer with 40 seconds remaining.
Senior goalie Al Lesperance (Farmington Hills., Mich./Farmington) made five saves in net as the Scots registered 19 shots on goal to Southwestern's 14. Sophomore Tanner Diment (Midland, Mich./Midland) collected a team-high six ground balls and added a goal defensively.
The Scots will now have a week off before opening Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play on Saturday, April 9, when they host Trine University. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at Bahlke Field on the Alma College campus.
Head Coach Michael Kinney
"The guys showed a tremendous amount of heart, playing three games in four days and battled the whole way. We ended up going into overtime after having the lead, unfortunately, but they rose up and our freshman stepped up and got the game-winner."