Griffin Davison Pumps In Game-High Four Goals in Men's Lacrosse Loss at Messiah, 20-6

Action photo by Mike Dickie.
Action photo by Mike Dickie.

GRANTHAM, Pa.--Adrian College freshman Griffin Davison led all scorers with four goals, but host Messiah College employed a balanced offense to defeat the Bulldogs, 20-6, in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Wednesday.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Messiah 20, Adrian 6

= Location: Starry Athletic Complex, Grantham, Pa.; Weather conditions: Clear, upper-50s, Wind 10 mph

= Records: Messiah Falcons 1-2 overall ; Adrian Bulldogs 0-2 overall

TOP 'DAWGS
= Davison continued his hot start with four goals and five total points to tie for the game high.

= Senior Cody Schmitt posted a season- and game-best seven ground balls and he caused two turnovers.

= Junior Michael Turner led all student-athletes with three assists among four points.

= Classmate Michael Desmadryl had a career-high three caused turnovers to lead all players.

THE OPPOSITION
= Matthew Franken and Dylan Gillisse both had three goals and two assists.

Liam Lilienthal (2g, 2a) and Ian Olson had five ground balls apiece.

Isaac Zorn dominated the face-off "X", winning nine of 12 attempts. Olson went 9-for-13.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Messiah outshot Adrian 19-2 in the first quarter en route to a commanding 9-1 advantage after the first quarter.

= Adrian was unable to get on track early, committing seven turnovers in its first eight possessions as Messiah took advantage with the quick lead.

= Eleven Falcons found the back of the cage and seven had at least two goals. Fourteen different players registered at least one point.

= Messiah also held the advantages in shots (54-15), face-off wins (20-10) and ground balls (52-28).

= The Falcons led 14-1 at halftime and outscored Adrian in the second half by a slim 6-5 margin.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= The Falcons defeated the Bulldogs, 16-9, in Adrian last season in the schools' only previous meeting.

= Goalie Brett Farrelly had seven saves to give him 382 for his career. That ranks second on the Adrian all-time list (486 by Kevin Lerg, 2011-14).

= With two more caused turnovers, Schmitt extends his Bulldog all-time record to 87.

= Davison leads the Bulldogs with seven goals in his first two collegiate games, and his eight points are second only to Turner (team-best eight assists) with nine.

= Adrian did not commit a single penalty that resulted in a man-up situation for Messiah.

UP NEXT
= Adrian continues its Spring Break road trip to Westminster, Md., where the Bulldogs will take on McDaniel College on Saturday. The Green Terror are members of the Centennial Conference.  Video Live stats

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