03/24/2013 – The men’s lacrosse team took a weekend trip to Indiana looking to get on track and find the formula for success. The Saints returned home with two big wins; handling both the Butler Bulldogs and Wabash Little Giants and improving their record to 3-5.
The Saints made a trip to Indianapolis to take on Butler University at the Butler Bowl Saturday evening. The warm, sunny conditions at Butler were a welcome sight to the Saints, who had be forced inside this week to practice due to the snow. After a slow start to the game, Aquinas took a 6-1 lead into halftime thanks to some stellar defensive play.
The Saints continued to dominate in the second half and came away with a 12-3 victory. Sophomore Jake Auyer led the way offensively with three goals and two assists. Fellow sophomore Zack Brancheau led the team with three assists and added a goal. Kyle Foley and Casey Coretti each scored twice, while junior Josh Jeszke and freshmen Will Comai, Ben Majeske, and Ryan Ruschmann scored once. Sophomore defenseman Mitch Ringer was key in limiting the Bulldogs offense, and goalie Jimmy Watt stopped 10 shots in the win.
The Saints awoke the next morning to find that the weather would not be as kind to them as the day before. A central Indiana snowstorm dumped a few inches of snow on the ground, requiring the field at Wabash College to be shoveled pre-game. When the game began, the Saints made it clear that the cold and windy conditions would be no problem. The offense exploded early and the Saints raced out to a 13-1 lead at halftime before cruising to a 22-1 win.
Once again Jake Auyer led the way scoring three goals and dishing out five assists. Auyer’s five assists and eight total points are each the second highest total in team history. Freshman Kyle Foley scored five goals and added assists assists, while Zack Brancheau netted four goals with two assists. Freshman midfielder Jack VanWieren poured in a career-high three goals while scooping up eight groundballs.
In total, twelve Saints recorded points on the day. Ryan Ruschmann scored twice, while Will Comai and Hunter Perry both dished out two assists. Josh Jeszke and Ben Majeske both added a goal and an assist. Casey Coretti, Mark Evans, and Dylan Oxender rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece.
Senior defenseman Connor Sutton caused six turnovers defensively and goalies Jimmy Watt and Alec Rasegan combined to stop six shots in the win.
The Saints are now 3-5 on the season and next compete in the WHAC tournament. They will take on rival Siena Heights on Saturday, March 30th at 12:30 PM on the campus of Siena Heights.