Morgan Caldwell Nets Pair of Goals in Season Debut at North Central-Illinois

Morgan Caldwell Nets Pair of Goals in Season Debut at North Central-Illinois

NAPERVILLE, Ill.--Junior Morgan Caldwell recorded his first multi-goal game in an Adrian College uniform, but the Bulldogs men's lacrosse team suffered 21-3 non-conference loss at the hands of host North Central (Illinois) College.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: North Central-Illinois 21, Adrian 3

= Location: Benedettii-Wehrli Stadium, Naperville, Ill.; Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, 57 degrees, Wind SE 24 mph

= Records: North Central-Illinois Cardinals, 4-6 overall; Adrian Bulldogs, 0-7 overall

TOP 'DAWGS
= Caldwell scored two goals in his season debut and first game for the Bulldogs since March 4, 2017.

= Senior Michael Turner notched two assists.

= Sophomore Brayden Adrian also found the back of the cage for Adrian's other goal.

= Senior Michael Desmadryl scooped five ground balls and had two caused turnovers.

= Classmate Greg Stewart led the team with three caused turnovers.

= Senior keeper Peter Dugan made a game-high 14 saves.

THE OPPOSITION
= Danny Boyle and Tanner James led NCC with four goals apiece.

= Face-off man Jacob Ray was 17-for-20 in the "X" and he had a game-best eight ground balls.

= Nick Pardo tied Boyle for game-high scoring honors with six total points on three goals and three assists.

= Noah Swisshelm (6 ground balls) and John Fitzgerald (5 ground balls) tied Stewart for game-high honors with three caused turnovers.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= North Central-Ill. never trailed in taking a 6-0 lead after the first quarter and 11-1 by halftime.

= Adrian put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with a man-up goal and a feed from Turner with 6 minutes and 53 seconds left before the intermission.

= After an 11-0 run in the first 30 minutes, NCC began the third quarter by scoring five of the first six goals.

= The Cardinals also had statistical advantages in shots (50-20), shots on goal (35-7), face-off wins (19-6), ground balls (40-14) and turnovers (14-24). 

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= This was the first meeting between the programs.

= North Central-Illinois is the second College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin team the Bulldogs have played this season. Elmhurst pinned a 27-3 win on Adrian, which still leads the current alignment of CCIW members 11-5 lifetime.

= Turner ties Cody Kilcoyne (2012-13) for sixth place on the Bulldogs career assists chart with 47.

= Desmadryl leads Adrian with 36 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers--already breaking career bests with half a season to go. He also continues his climb on the school's all-time list for caused turnovers, now ranking sixth with 41 after surpassing Zac Colvin (39, 2009-10,'12). Next up, No. 5 Andrew Suitor with 43 from 2008-09.

= Adrian takes over the team lead with 12 goals, followed by Turner and freshman Fernando Rodriguez with 11 apiece.

= Before today, Caldwell's only previous goal came on April 20, 2016 versus Trine University during his freshman year.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will commence the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association schedule next Saturday against Olivet College at home in Docking Stadium. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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