Alma, Mich. - For the first time in program history, the Alma College men's lacrosse team is playing in the MIAA Tournament championship game. The Scots advanced to the title game after defeating Trine University, 9-5, on Thursday (May 5) evening at Bahlke Field.
The Scots, which improved to 13-4 overall, scored early and often in the first quarter, building a 5-1 advantage after the opening 15 minutes en route to the victory.
Sophomores Daniel Buchy (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) and Austen Irrer (Midland, Mich./Midland) along with freshman Jake Ellens (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) each scored twice for Alma, while senior Marshall Argenta (Stafford, N.Y./Notre Dame) had a three-point night with a goal and two assists. Freshman Jared Nycz (Elma, N.Y./Iriquois) also added two helpers in the win.
The Scots scored four times in the opening nine minutes of play to take a 4-0 lead, including two markers by Ellens. Trine got on the board with 5:18 to play in the opening frame, but Alma responded 30 seconds later when Irrer netted his second of the night.
In the second quarter, sophomore Tanner Diment (Midland, Mich./Midland) scored 10 seconds into the stanza to put Alma up by five goals, but the Thunder responded with a goal by All-MIAA pick Chris Ward to make the score 6-2 with 13:08 remaining. The Scots would beat Trine goalie Travis Lores twice more in the half to enter the break up 8-2.
Trine attempted a comeback in the second half, scoring the only goal of the third quarter and adding a pair of man-up goals in the final period, but could not get any closer than four goals. The Thunder end their season with a record of 8-6.
Alma will now face Albion College on Saturday, May 7, in Albion, Mich., with the winner earning an automatic big to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Head Coach Michael Kinney
"What a great effort by the guys tonight. They knew the championship game was on the line and they stepped by and delivered. We set a lot of goals this year as a team and we've achieved almost every one of them, but there is one more still waiting to be had."