04/18/2012 – The men's lacrosse team found itself in a hard fought defensive battle against Ferris State with a playoff berth on the line. For the second consecutive season, the Saints defeated the Bulldogs to clinch a playoff spot.
The Saints struck first on a Nate McCorry goal from Ty Rosema. This would be the only offense of the first half, as the Saints held a 1-0 lead at halftime. James Burkhardt and Connor Sutton led a defense that held Ferris State to just three first half shots and stymied the Bulldogs leading scorer.
After some halftime adjustments by both squads, the game opened up in the third. The Bulldogs outscored the Saints 3-2 to tie the game up. McCorry recorded his second goal of the game, this time off of a feed from Josh Jeszke. Senior Jordan Matheny found a wide open Zack Brancheau, who ripped a shot past the Bulldog goalie for the Saints' third goal.
Ferris State struck first in the 4th to take a one goal lead, but the Saints' kept their cool and fought their way back. Jacob Jeffers found Zack Brancheau for the tying goal after a tremendous hustle play by Nate McCorry to keep the ball inbounds off of a wayward pass. The two teams traded defensive stops until Grant Holloway found a cutting Jake Auyer, who scored the eventual game winning goal late in the 4th quarter. The Bulldogs tried furiously to tie the game up late, but a defensive stand by goalie Jimmy Watt and the defense preserved the victory.
The Saints dominated possession of the ball, helping to slow down the Bulldog offense and tire their defense. Leading the charge was Senior Jacob Jeffers, who won 9 of 11 face-offs. With the win, the Saints move to 8-7 on the season and 3-1 in the CCLA West. The men's lacrosse team finishes the regular season this Saturday against Oakland on senior day. The Saints will then faceoff on Saturday, April 28th against an opponent to be determined in the first round of the CCLA playoffs.