Men's Lacrosse Pounces on the MSJ Lions Behind 10-Goal First Quarter

Collin Hull in defensive mode. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Collin Hull in defensive mode. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The freshmen starting attack of Chris French, Travis Fox and Peyton Gasche combined for nine goals and 12 assists to propel Adrian to a convincing 18-3 non-conference victory Saturday over visiting Mount St. Joseph in men's lacrosse action. 

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 18, Mount St. Joseph University 3

= Location: Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Sunny, 43 degrees, Wind WNW 7 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 3-5, Mount St. Joseph Lions 0-7

TOP 'DAWGS
= Gasche led all scorers with eight points on two goals and a game-best six assists. He also posted a career-high 10 ground balls.

= Freshman Max Leventis won 21 of 22 face-offs and scooped up 19 ground balls.

= Fox ended up with a hat trick and three assists. He also had four ground balls.

= French tied sophomore co-captain Kyle Sanderson with a game-high four goals and added three assists.

= Freshman Grant Nesbitt chipped in two goals and six ground balls.

THE OPPOSITION
= Collin Matt led the Lions with a pair of goals.

= Austin Lowery made 14 saves and four ground balls.

= Bo Kuenning tied for the team lead with four ground balls and recorded a game-best three caused turnovers.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian sprouted to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter and was never threatened the rest of the way.

= French tallied the first two goals of the game from Gasche 20 seconds apart, beginning with 13 minutes and 14 seconds showing on the clock, to set the tone for a high-scoring opening stanza.

= French scored four times, Sanderson and Fox had two goals apiece and Gasche and Nesbitt tallied one apiece in the decisive first quarter. Adrian took an 11-1 lead into the halftime break.

= Matt won the face-off, picked up the ground ball and scored on the opening possession of the second quarter to get MSJ on the scoreboard.

= MSJ scored both goals in the third quarter off the sticks of Matt and Noah Borgdorf while man-up.

= The Bulldogs pulled away more in the fourth by outscoring the Lions 7-0 to account for the 15-goal win.

= Adrian also dominated key statistical areas, including shots (57-4), shots on goal (32-4), face-off wins (23-2), ground balls (58-20), clears (19-for-20, 13-for-25).

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Leventis ties the Adrian single-game ground balls record with 19. He also had 19 versus La Roche on March 17, sharing the original benchmark set by Mitch Barnard against....Mount St. Joseph on May 08, 2011.

= Adrian improves to 7-0 all-time (4-0 at home) over Mount St. Joseph, as the teams were meeting for the first time since March 4, 2012. The schools were former members of the Midwest Lacrosse League together.

= French and Gasche rank 2-3 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association point-scoring with 43 and 41 points, respectively.

= French inches within one of the MIAA goal lead with 29.

= Leventis paces the conference with 99 ground balls--already third in Bulldogs all-time season history--and 125 face-off wins.

UP NEXT
= Adrian wraps up the non-conference slate next Saturday at home against Anderson (Indiana). Opening face-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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