The biggest game of the weekend was Keiser taking down Cumberlands in overtime thanks to last week’s LAS NAIA Player of the Week John Senior. Check out top scores from NAIA Men’s Lacrosse as well as this week’s LaxAllStars 2020 NAIA Top 10 Men’s Lacrosse Rankings for March 2.
NAIA Men’s Lacrosse
Weekly Update: March 2, 2020
Keiser 8, Cumberlands 7 (OT)
In what was more of a defensive game than I had anticipated, Keiser was able to upend Cumberlands on the OT game-winner from John Senior. John Senior was last week’s NAIA Player of the Week for the men’s division, and certainly proved himself again this week. The Seahawks were led by an incredible offensive performance from Dylan Sharpe, who had five goals. Both teams looked a little sloppy with a combined 50 turnovers on the day between the two teams. Anthony Bressi had a solid day in net for Keiser with 13 saves while allowing seven goals which is good for a 65 percent save percentage in the win for the Seahawks.
Reinhardt 11, Madonna 4
Led by Gavin Banks (3 goals), Tyler Chavous (3 goals, 1 assist) and Riley Walker (4 goals), the Eagles had a solid outing against the Crusaders. Matt Webb had a great day in net with eight saves and four goals against. Madonna was led by Tyler Kilar and Jordan Davis — who had two goals each — and a respectable outing from goalie Jeff Varner who stopped 52 percent of the shots on cage.
Columbia College 12, Indiana Tech 9
In what was what I would consider the first major upset of the year, the Cougars came out firing on all cylinders. JT Huez lead all players with four goals and two assists for Columbia College. Austen King dominated at the faceoff X, winning 15-of-24 faceoffs while Evan Richardson anchored the defense with 11 saves guarding the net. A lot of great offense was on display in this one, but the transition play was sloppy for both sides with 50 total turnovers.
Siena Heights 15, St. Ambrose 13
Bottom line is that the Bees picked up a huge win against a surging Saints program.
Benedictine 10, Missouri Valley 6
On the back of Jack Kandoth’s six goals, the Ravens were able to secure an important early-season win over the Vikings. Despite winning 15-out-of-19 faceoffs and having a 63 percent save percentage in net, the Vikings weren’t able to find a rhythm on offense and had a costly 31 turnovers.
Tennessee Wesleyan 12, Madonna 7
Madonna continues to struggle on offense without three of its top players and an inability to win faceoffs, as Madonna couldn’t overcome a major obstacle of only winning 1-out-of-22 faceoffs. Tennessee Wesleyan took advantage of the faceoff advantage and turned that into offensive production.
Indiana Tech 14, Ottawa 9
Indian Tech bounced back after a tough loss to Columbia on Saturday with a solid showing. The defense had lapses at times but Reyes is already in mid-season form.
LaxAllStars NAIA Top 10 Men’s Lacrosse Rankings: March 2, 2020
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