Freshman Max Leventis Sets Two School Records in Home Finale

Freshman Max Leventis set school records for single-game face-off wins and season ground balls in the home finale Tuesday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Freshman Max Leventis set school records for single-game face-off wins and season ground balls in the home finale Tuesday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Freshman midfielder Max Leventis etched his name in the Adrian Bulldogs men's lacrosse record book at least two times in the home finale on Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as visiting Kalamazoo pulled away late for a 21-15 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association victory.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Kalamazoo College 21, Adrian College 15

= Location: Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Partly Cloudy, 63 degrees, Wind S 12 mph

= Records: Kalamazoo Hornets 5-7 overall (1-4 MIAA); Adrian Bulldogs 3-10 overall (0-5 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Freshman Chris French pumped in a career-high seven goals.

= Leventis ended up with a game-high 18 ground balls and he set the school record for face-off wins of 26 on 38 attempts in the "X."

= Sophomore backup goalie Nick Rizzo made a career-best 12 saves.

= Freshman Travis Fox netted a hat trick and three assists for six points.

= Sophomores Jordan Oshowy (3g, 1a) and Hayden Berger (2g) chipped in four and two points, respectively. Berger also scooped up seven ground balls.

= Freshman Christian Aurand posted an assist, six ground balls and a game-high four caused turnovers.

THE OPPOSITION
= Dylan McGorisk led all scorers with eight goals.

= Brandon Wright and Jake Fales led the Hornets with six ground balls apiece. Wright also contributed three goals and two assists for five points.

= Jack Smith dished a game-best five assists plus he had two goals.

= Tim Grobosky (W, 1-6) picked up his first win of the season after recording 14 saves.  

= Zach Morales had three caused turnovers and a goal.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Oshowy, Berger and French man-up with 6 minutes and 49 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

= Kalamazoo scored three of the next four goals--including a pair while man-up about 2 minutes apart--to pull within 4-3 after 15 minutes.

= The Hornets outscored the Bulldogs in the second quarter, 5-3, to take a slim 8-7 lead into the halftime break. Wright scored unassisted at 7:58 to put Kzoo ahead for the first time at 5-4 before Berger restored Adrian's lead at 2:13, 7-6.

= That proved to be the last time the Bulldogs held the lead because Morales and Fales netted a pair 74 seconds apart beginning with 1:46 left to close the frame.

= In the second half, Kzoo scored four goals in a row to go up 12-7 with 8:21 to go in the third quarter. McGorisk keyed the rally with back-to-back goals, including man-up.

= But Adrian tallied five of the next eight goals to pull within three, 15-12, heading into the fourth. French and Fox each scored two goals in that stretch.

= Kalamazoo scored three goals to open the final frame, but Adrian answered with three of its own to make it 18-15 with 4:06 remaining.

= But the Hornets scored the final three goals to ice the win. Jack Loveland had a goal and an assist in the final 3:30 minutes.   

= Kzoo went 4-for-10 on the extra-man opportunity and outshot the Bulldogs 54-40 (and 33-29 shots on goal). Adrian stayed in the game by outhustling its opponent in the ground balls department, 49-38.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Leventis breaks Mitch Barnard's single-game face-off wins mark of 24, set against Mount St. Joseph on May 8, 2011. Leventis also surpasses Barnard for single-season ground balls with 157, as the latter had 146 in 2012.

= Kzoo evens the all-time series at two wins apiece. Adrian won the first two meetings 8-3 and 10-3.

= French becomes the first Bulldog in five years to reach 60 points in a season, with a MIAA-best 42 goals and 18 assists. Mitch Burgin (45+15=60) and T.J. Cook (44+16=60) reached that plateau in 2014 and 2012, respectively. French's 42 goals are ninth-best in school history.

= McGorisk is in a three-way tie for third place in MIAA goal-scoring with 38.   

UP NEXT
= Adrian will have its season finale on Friday at Albion, starting at 7 p.m. 

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