Michael Desmadryl Posts Career Highs in Goals, Ground Balls vs Olivet

Senior Michael Desmadryl recorded two goals and 13 ground balls in the Bulldogs' five-goal loss to Olivet Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior Michael Desmadryl recorded two goals and 13 ground balls in the Bulldogs' five-goal loss to Olivet Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College senior defenseman Michael Desmadryl had career highs of two goals and 13 ground balls, but it wasn't enough to offset a slow start by the Bulldogs in a 15-10 loss to Olivet College on Saturday to open the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association slate for both men's lacrosse teams.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Olivet 15, Adrian 10

= Location: Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, 33 degrees, Wind NNW 10 mph

= Records: Olivet Comets--1-7 overall, 1-0 MIAA; Adrian Bulldogs--0-8 overall, 0-1 MIAA

TOP 'DAWGS
= Junior Morgan Caldwell had three points (1g, 2a) and three ground balls.

= Senior Michael Turner scored a pair of goals and had as many ground balls.

= Sophomore Brayden Adrian blistered the cage with three goals from mid-range.

= Freshman Kyle Sanderson gave AC a solid effort in the face-off "X" with 10 wins in 20 attempts. He also tallied two goals.

= Sophomore newcomer Joey Colatarci, a defenseman for the Adrian men's hockey program, scored his first two points on assists of his two-game career as a college lacrosse student-athlete. He also had two ground balls and a caused turnover.

= Senior keeper Peter Dugan made 17 saves. 

= Classmate Greg Stewart set a career-high with five caused turnovers to lead all student-athletes and contributed six ground balls.

THE OPPOSITION
= Connor Hamm scooped up a game-best 14 ground balls, forced a whopping eight turnovers and he scored a goal.

= Cameron Bazin (6 points) led all scorers with five goals, plus he had five ground balls.

= Justin Lamb (4), Casey Peterson (2) and Joshua Brantley also scored multiple goals.

= Goalie Jake Steele had six stops. 

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Olivet zoomed ahead 6-1 after 15 minutes of play, and the Comets never trailed in the contest.

= After Lamb stretched OC's advantage to 9-2 with 10 minutes and 8 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Adrian scored five goals in a 4:59 span to close within 10-7 at the 4:33 mark. Sanderson sparked the comeback attempt with two tallies.

= In the third quarter, Adrian outscored Olivet 3-2 capped by Desmadryl's man-up goal to pull the Bulldogs within 12-10 with 3:11 to go.

= But the Comets sealed the win by scoring three insurance goals and shutting out the AC offense for the final 18:11.

= Olivet also had statistical advantages in shots (50-31), shots on goal (32-16), clears (25-for-27 to 18-for-30), ground balls (44-32) and turnovers (21-33)  

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Despite Olivet's third-straight win against the Bulldogs, Adrian still leads the all-time series 4-3.

= Desmadryl's 13 ground balls this afternoon are the fifth-most in Adrian single-game history and best mark since March 17, 2012, when Mitch Barnard had 14 at College of Wooster.

= Turner is sitting on 47 career assists, which ties Cody Kilcoyne (2012-13) for sixth all-time in AC history. Next Up: No. 5 Tyler Tanguay, 51 from 2009-12

= Desmadryl eclipsed 100 ground balls for his career with 111, becoming the 12th Bulldog to achieve the milestone.

= Olivet reached double digits in goals for the first time this spring.

= Dugan and Steele have flipped places for MIAA goalie saves this season, as the former has 104 for third place and the latter has 96.

= Bazin tops the conference with 117 shots. 

UP NEXT
= Adrian travels to Alma College on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. MIAA game.

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