Alma, Mich. – The Alma College men's lacrosse team (8-9, 4-2 MIAA) defeated Trine University (7-5, 2-4 MIAA) Saturday afternoon at Bahlke Field on Senior Day for the Scots. The win clinched Alma as the three seed for the upcoming Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association postseason tournament.
With the game tied at eight with just under six minutes remaining, senior attacker Jared Nycz (Buffalo, N.Y. / Iroquois) fed the ball right in front of the Thunder net to junior attacker Connor Alley (Powell, Ohio / Worthington Kilbourne) who put it home and put the Scots up for good.
Alley and freshman attacker Timothy Gearig (Vicksburg, Mich. / Vicksburg) each netted hat tricks for the Scots while Nycz had a game-high three assists.
How It Happened
- Trine found the back of the net two times to open up the game and looked to take a three-goal lead on the attack in the Scots' zone until sophomore defender Sam Luzar (Midland, Mich. / Midland) forced a turnover. Sophomore defender Alexander Stevenson (Rochester, Mich. / Rochester) grabbed the ground ball and took off down field where he found Nycz who buried it between the legs of the Trine netminder.
- After a low scoring first quarter, the Scots continued to play stellar defense not allowing a single goal in the period. Gearig scored his first two of the game to put Alma up 3-2 heading into halftime.
- Trine was able to tie it with a score in the first few minutes of the half but Alley and junior midfielder Tom Needham (Saline, Mich. Saline) answered with back-to-back goals that were within a minute of each other to put the Scots up, 5-3. Alley and junior midfielder Chase Hunyadi (Pepper Pike, Ohio / Univeristy School) each added a score before the end of the third quarter as Alma led, 7-5, heading into the fourth.
- Five minutes into fourth, the game was tied once again, this time at seven a piece. A minute later, Nycz sent it up top to Needham who fired a bounce shot that beat the netminder and gave the Scots an 8-7 advantage. Trine responded with another tying goal a minute later but Alley's game-winner made it 9-8 and another score by Gearig gave Alma some comfort. The Scots played keep away from the Thunder in the final minute to seal the victory and punch their ticket to the postseason.
- Nycz becomes the MIAA all-time leader for points scored in conference regular season games. He amassed 139 points against conference opponents over his four years with the Scots.
- Alley now has 44 goals on the year. The junior is two away from breaking the program's single-season goal record.
- Stevenson's assist on Alma's first goal of the game was his first career point.
- Since Head Coach Michael Kinney took over the program in 2015, the Scots have made the MIAA tournament five-straight years.
- The senior class of Nycz, defenders Max Linscott (Columbus, Ohio / New Albany) and Adam Cousineau (Canton, Mich. / Salem) as well as goaltender Cameron Stelljes (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) and midfielder Gabriel Vargas (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Charles W Flanagan) were honored at the end of the game.
Alma will head to Albion College to face the number two seed Britons in the MIAA semifinals on Wednesday, May 1.