WOOSTER, Ohio – The 2014 season began differently than the first six seasons of men's lacrosse at Adrian College as the Bulldogs lost their season opener for the first time with an 11-7 setback at the College of Wooster on Wednesday. The Scots improved to 3-0 by having balanced scoring throughout all four quarters. Adrian matched the Scots in the first and fourth quarters, but were outscored 6-2 in the middle quarters including no goals in the second for Adrian.
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter as freshman Eric Fannell and junior Mitch Burgin scored leaving 3:16 left in the quarter. Wooster scored two goals in the final 1:58 of the quarter as Pat Henderson scored on a man-up goal and Nate Weltman scored with nine seconds left to tie the game at 2-2.
Adrian could not muster much offense in the next 15 minutes with just four shots on net. Wooster took a 4-2 lead into halftime scoring at 13:47 by Tom Herold and 1:23 by Josh Herold. Adrian came out with the first goal of the third as senior Tom Thielman took a pass from Fannell at 12:48 to cut the lead to 4-3. The Scots then began to take control of the game with four straight goals. Henderson and Tom Herold scored less than a minute apart and P.J. Dallman and Jake Bernard also added goals. Burgin scored his second of the game with two seconds left in the quarter with an assist from Doug Boyd to make it 8-4.
Boyd cut the lead to 8-5 at 11:50 of the fourth but then Dallman and Weltman added to the Scots lead pushing it to 10-5 with 8:20 left in the game. Fannell scored twice more in the quarter at 2:07 and also notched a man-down goal with 28 seconds to play.
Adrian had six penalties for eight minutes and failed to score with six minutes of man-up time on five opportunities. Adrian won 8-of-21 face-offs with their best quarter in the first at 3-of-5. Zach Kozlowski went 5-of-11 in the face-off circle. Adrian had 37 ground balls led by Max Groves, Drake Dailey-Chwalibog and Boyd with four apiece. The Bulldogs caused 14 turnovers as Groves and Cody Schmitt tallied three apiece. Senior Kevin Lerg made 12 saves for the Bulldogs.