PONTIAC, Mich. – The Adrian College men's lacrosse team moved indoors on Thursday for their season opener against Elmhurst. The Bulldogs got off to a slow start but pulled away late in the first quarter and into the second quarter for a 17-6 victory at All-American Lacrosse in Pontiac.
Adrian scored the first goal of the game at 14:19 as Mitch Burgin took a feed from A.J. Smith. Elmhurst would then score four of the next five goals to take a 4-2 lead with 7:03 left. Kalani Flowers, Jackson Mandli and Matt Westhaver scored three straight in a span of 2:54 for the Bluejays. Adrian began to put their foot on the pedal after that as they scored eight straight goals including the last five goals of a busy first quarter to take a 7-4 lead after 15 minutes. Freshman Luke Bill scored three goals during the stretch and assisted on two more in his Bulldog debut. Adam Findlay scored twice while capping off the run with a man-up tally with 4:43 left in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs led 13-5 at halftime as Burgin, Ryan Findlay and Doug Boyd closed out the half with goals in a span of 3:55. The pace slowed considerably in the second half with just five total goals. Adrian scored both goals of the third period as Boyd got his second and Burgin his fourth of the game. Freshman Michael Turner entered in the fourth quarter and scored back-to-back goals at 14:49 and 5:28 for the team's final scores.
Both teams gathered 28 ground balls on the afternoon with Boyd and goalie Brett Farrelly tying with four. Elmhurst had six man-up opportunities and Adrian's defense allowed zero goals. The Bulldogs were 1-for-2 in man-up chances. Adrian won 9-of-27 face offs including 3-of-4 in the fourth quarter. Cody Schmitt won six while Smith had three wins. Farrelly made eight saves in net for the Bulldogs including four in the final quarter. Burgin finished with four goals and two assists to lead the offense. Scott Byrne caused three turnovers as the Bulldogs caused 11 as a team.