Men's Lacrosse Comeback Bid Falls Short in First Meeting with Visiting Dubuque

Peyton Gasche looking for an open teammate. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Peyton Gasche looking for an open teammate. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Freshman Chris French and sophomore Fernando Rodriguez each recorded a hat trick, but Adrian's comeback bid fell just shy after trailing Dubuque early in a 14-9 non-conference men's lacrosse loss on Tuesday.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: University of Dubuque 14, Adrian College 9

= Location: Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Sunny, 43 degrees, Wind W 9 mph

= Records: Dubuque Panthers 1-3, Adrian Bulldogs 1-4

TOP 'DAWGS
French added two assists for a five-point night to tie all scorers to go along with five ground balls.

= Freshman Max Leventis shined in the face-off "X" by winning 20-of-26 draws and scooping up 15 ground balls.

= Classmate Peyton Gasche contributed two goals and an assist.

THE OPPOSITION
= Dominic Mulcahy had four goals and an assist while Tanner Weis matched him with five points on three goals and two assists.

= Davis Behrns and Jake Herman added three and two goals, respectively.

= Samuel Kopecky (W, 1-1) made 16 saves in the UD cage.

= Andre Wagner led the team with seven ground balls.   

HOW IT HAPPENED
= The Spartans jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first quarter after Rodriguez scored, unassisted, to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 with 10 minutes and 32 seconds to go.

= Trailing 7-3 at halftime, Adrian, however, fought back in the third quarter by outscoring Dubuque 5-3 to pull within 10-8 after 45 minutes.

= Senior Morgan Caldwell scored man-up at 10:41 to start a 4-0 Adrian run that turned the Bulldogs' deficit from 9-3 to a manageable 9-7 situation.

= The Bulldogs had a golden chance to cut further into the lead with two two-man-up opportunities in the fourth quarter, but couldn't cash in.

= The Spartans iced the win with a 4 to 1 fourth quarter to put the final margin of victory at five goals.  

= Dubuque went 3-for-4 on man-up chances and held a slight edge in shots, 43-38.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Dubuque and Adrian were meeting for the first time.

= Adrian freshman defender Christian Aurand earlier in the day was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III National Team of the Week. 

UP NEXT
= Adrian will host another first-time opponent in La Roche at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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