04/09/2012 – The men's lacrosse team finished the Easter weekend with a record of 2-0, defeating both Northwood University and Siena Heights University. The wins improve the Saints' record to 7-6 overall, and more importantly 2-0 in the CCLA West division.
On Friday the Saints' took on the Northwood Timberwolves, and came out on the winning end of a 17-7 decision. Aquinas struck early and often, holding a 4-0 advantage after the first, and 9-3 at the half. Midfielders Jacob Jeffers, Travis Mitchell and Tim Hansen helped get the offense rolling by controlling the middle of the field. The trio combined to win 20-24 faceoffs and recorded 14 groundballs. Jeffers and Hansen each added a goal.
Grant Holloway lead the Saints' offense with two goals and four assists for a game high six points. Ty Rosema had three goals and two assists and Nate McCorry added two goals and two assists. Sophomore Josh Jeszke continued his hot shooting with two goals. Jake Auyer, Mark Evans, Zack Brancheau, Casey Coretti, Mike Malloy and Jordan Matheny each scored a goal. Jeszke and Auyer added assists.
On Saturday, the Saints traveled to Siena Heights for a huge divisional game against their rivals from Adrian. Aquinas took a 5-1 lead into halftime and held off a comeback by Siena Heights to win the game 7-4. Solid defense held the SHU offense in check, and the offense made enough plays to get the win in a physical, hotly contested game.
Holloway found the back of the net three more times to lead the scoring. Nate McCorry had another solid game with two goals and two assists. Ty Rosema assisted three goals. Josh Jeszke scored once, and Casey Coretti added a key goal late to give Aquinas some breathing room.
Aquinas' young defenseman Austin Ensing, Don Boyer and Mitch Ringer all played well in front of Jimmy Watt, who made several key saves at the end of the game to preserve the victory.
The men's lacrosse team is now leading the division at 2-0, and needs one more victory to clinch a playoff spot for the second year in a row. The Saints host Grand Valley State on Thursday, April 12th at 5 p.m.