Bulldogs Hang On For 10-9 Win at Alma

Bulldogs Hang On For 10-9 Win at Alma

ALMA, Mich. – The Adrian College men's lacrosse team opened up MIAA action on Tuesday night at Alma College and got all they could handle in a 10-9 win over the Scots. Adrian led 10-4 heading into the fourth quarter but the Scots charged back with five goals in the fourth to cut the lead to 10-9. Alma had the ball with 20 seconds left and were a man-up after a slashing call. Brett Farrelly made a save in the final seconds and the Bulldogs ran out the clock.

Adrian led 3-2 after one quarter on goals by Adam Findlay, Nick Karapas and A.J. Smith. The second quarter saw the defense clamp down on the Scots as Adrian scored all four goals in the second. Findlay scored twice and Mitch Burgin added two goals as the Bulldogs led 7-2 at the break.

Alma much like the first quarter kept it close but the Bulldogs still led 10-4 with just 15 minutes left. Alma cut the lead to 7-4 before the Bulldogs scored the last three goals of the third. Luke Bill got his first of the game followed by Burgin and Brett Maguire.

Five different Scots scored in the comeback and Josh Sejat scored with 2:20 remaining to cut the deficit to one. Sejat's ninth of the season was followed by a face-off win by Alma. The Scots turned it over and then Adrian returned the favor as Alma called a timeout with 1:21 to go. The Bulldogs were whistled for a penalty with 20 seconds left and David Foster took a final shot which was steered away by Farrelly to preserve the win.

Adrian improved to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in the MIAA. Farrelly saved 16 shots setting a season-high. Burgin and Findlay each had three goals. The Bulldogs struggled in the face-off circle going 6-of-23 for the game. Adrian did not have a man-up chance while Alma was 1-for-6 coming in the third.