ADRIAN, Mich.--Freshman Chris French and sophomore Fernando Rodriguez each recorded a hat trick, but Adrian's comeback bid fell just shy after trailing Dubuque early in a 14-9 non-conference men's lacrosse loss on Tuesday.
= Final Score: University of Dubuque 14, Adrian College 9
= Location: Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Sunny, 43 degrees, Wind W 9 mph
= Records: Dubuque Panthers 1-3, Adrian Bulldogs 1-4
= French added two assists for a five-point night to tie all scorers to go along with five ground balls.
= Freshman Max Leventis shined in the face-off "X" by winning 20-of-26 draws and scooping up 15 ground balls.
= Classmate Peyton Gasche contributed two goals and an assist.
= Dominic Mulcahy had four goals and an assist while Tanner Weis matched him with five points on three goals and two assists.
= Davis Behrns and Jake Herman added three and two goals, respectively.
= Samuel Kopecky (W, 1-1) made 16 saves in the UD cage.
= Andre Wagner led the team with seven ground balls.
HOW IT HAPPENED
= The Spartans jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first quarter after Rodriguez scored, unassisted, to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 with 10 minutes and 32 seconds to go.
= Trailing 7-3 at halftime, Adrian, however, fought back in the third quarter by outscoring Dubuque 5-3 to pull within 10-8 after 45 minutes.
= Senior Morgan Caldwell scored man-up at 10:41 to start a 4-0 Adrian run that turned the Bulldogs' deficit from 9-3 to a manageable 9-7 situation.
= The Bulldogs had a golden chance to cut further into the lead with two two-man-up opportunities in the fourth quarter, but couldn't cash in.
= The Spartans iced the win with a 4 to 1 fourth quarter to put the final margin of victory at five goals.
= Dubuque went 3-for-4 on man-up chances and held a slight edge in shots, 43-38.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Dubuque and Adrian were meeting for the first time.
= Adrian freshman defender Christian Aurand earlier in the day was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III National Team of the Week.
= Adrian will host another first-time opponent in La Roche at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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