Alma, Mich. - Trevor Bailey (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. / Sault Area / Olivet College) scored the game-winning goal with nine seconds remaining to propel the Alma College men's lacrosse team to a 16-15 win over Benedictine University on Saturday (Feb. 23).
Bailey tallied five goals and two assists on the day. Jared Nycz (Buffalo, N.Y. / Iroquois) had a game-high eight points with five goals and three assists. Connor Alley (Powell, Ohio / Worthington Kilbourne) added three goals on three shots on goal. Tom Needham (Saline, Mich. / Saline) picked up a game-high six ground balls. Hank Wickley (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande) made 10 saves in net.
Joe Spahn led the scoring for Benedictine; he tallied four goals and two assists. Four other Eagles scored two goals, each.
Alma scored the first six goals of the game and led 6-1 after the first quarter, but the Eagles came back to pull to within two at the half. Alma was outscored 7-4 in the third quarter, but scored four times in the fourth, including the game's final three goals.
How It Happened
- Nycz scored Alma's first two goals less than four minutes into the game. He added another at the 3:51 mark to put the Scots up by five, then assisted on Timothy Gearig's (Vicksburg, Mich. / Vicksburg) man-up goal at 2:09. Matt Moreland got the Eagles on the board 14 seconds later.
- Bailey scored Alma's only two goals in the second quarter; they came sandwiched between a series of Benedictine goals. The Eagles scored the first two and the final three of the quarter. Alma held an 8-6 lead at the half.
- The Eagles tied the game at 9 just over three minutes into the third quarter and after Alley and Bailey scored for the Scots, Benedictine scored the next four goals to take a 13-11 lead.
- Nycz brought Alma to within one with 40 seconds left in the third, then tied the game at 13 with a man-up goal five minutes into the fourth. After Benedictine scored twice with under seven minutes left to go in the game, Alley pulled the Scots to within one at 6:08 and Needham scored his second goal of the game at 3:48 to tie it at 15.
- Alma took two shots with just over a minute left but the first was wide and the second was saved. Benedictine picked up the ground ball and attempted to clear, but turned it over. After the Scots called a timeout with 31 seconds left, Bailey broke loose in front of the net and scored the go-ahead goal with nine seconds left. The clock ran out during the ensuing faceoff.
- Jared Nycz now has 105 career goals, 14 behind the program's all-time leader, Dan Buchy.
- The Scots picked up 35 ground balls - including a game-high 11 in the fourth quarter - to Benedictine's 24.
- Alma outshot Benedictine 50-39.
- Sixteen penalties were called in the game. The Scots scored three goals in man-up situations.
What He Said
"Great team victory today! We came out on fire and put it all together in the first quarter. There's something about defending Bahlke Field that's really special to our program - the guys came to play! Unfortunately, this is a four-quarter game and we found ourselves down late. Credit to Benedictine for never going away, even when they were down 8-3. Momentum is such a factor in this game, especially with the new shot clock rules. Teams can't hide behind a lead and stall out the clock. Hats off to our offense for having it clicking all day today, they played fantastic! We'll keep improving the defense and lock some things down this week. Big props to Hank Wickley who made a huge save late with a dime outlet pass to Charlie Przybylo and then the offense took over and Trevor gets the game-winner with nine seconds to go. Wow, what a game! Great win for the program and we're excited for Capital to come up next week as this season gets into swing."
- Head Coach Michael Kinney
Alma remains at home for its next game. It will host Capital University (OH) on Saturday (March 2) at 1:00 p.m.