Raider Preview (April 9): Gustafson Charts New Course as Facilitator

Raider Preview (April 9): Gustafson Charts New Course as Facilitator

MILWAUKEE – Senior Clay Gustafson was an immediate smash for the MSOE lacrosse team, racking up 30 goals and 49 points as a rookie in 2015. He then added to his goal total in each of his next two seasons, establishing the school record of 40 goals in a season in 2017.

Entering this week, Gustafson has 128 career goals. If he never tallied a single assist in his career, he'd be second in school history in points—by just five.

It's safe to say, Clay Gustafson has a reputation for scoring goals.

This season, however, he's decided to mix it up. He's gone from No. 1 goal scorer to No. 1 assist man, and the offense around him is enjoying the fruits of his labor.

It's not to say that Gustafson was previously adverse to doling out the assists. Far from it. He entered his senior season with school records for assists in a game, season, and a career. The high-water mark was a 40-goal, 27-assist output his junior season… a 40:27 ratio that leads you to believe you're dealing with a goal-scorer.

Head coach Sean Farrell is flush with goal-scorers this season. In fact, sophomore John Wilson became the ninth different player to score 10-plus goals this season on Saturday and the team has broken or tied the school record for goals in a game three times on the way to a school-record 191 goals in just 11 games.

The offense thrives on ball movement, sitting tied for sixth in the nation with 10.18 assists per game and Gustafson has embraced the role of facilitator with 32 assists this season. He broke his school record for a season after just 10 games and ranks ninth in the nation in assists per game.

The new spirit of giving in which he has embraced has opened the doors on even more personal career milestones. Gustafson was the second player in school history to 100 points, hitting the mark in his final game as a sophomore, and became the first player to 200 points earlier this season. He's the only Raider with 100 goals and is now five assists from 100. There are just six active Division III players with 100 goals and 100 assists in a career.

The Raiders' offense has so many players fighting to get their names on the scoresheet this season, you can be certain that Gustafson is one of them and he will do it any way he can.

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Around MSOE Athletics…

  • Baseball got off to a 3-1 start in NACC play with a sweep of Dominican Monday and a split at Rockford Sunday. Games against Aurora (2) and Milwaukee were postponed.
  • Softball had six games postponed due to area weather. The Raiders opened NACC play Sunday with a split against Dominican.
  • tries again to open NACC play at Lakeland Monday. Then, the team plays at Carroll and Marian before hosting Dominican. A makeup with Concordia Chicago could also be added to the schedule.
  • Men's Volleyball closed out the regular season with a 1-3 road trip out east. The team fell to three top-10 opponents and defeated Division I NJIT.
  • Lacrosse won on the road at Monmouth and set a school record with a 27-2 win over Concordia Chicago Saturday.
  • Golf had its first competition of the fall season canceled.
  • Men's Tennis won road matches at Edgewood and Marian Saturday to improve to 4-0 in conference play.
  • Track & Field opened the season at the Wisconsin Private College Invitational, scoring three wins between Jerica Kotarak (long jump, triple jump) and Alex Moran (high jump).
  • Rowing got in the water for the first time this spring, putting together a dominant showing in sprint races at the Milwaukee Open Regatta.

Coming Up This Week...

  • Baseball (11-10, 3-1 NACC / L1) hosts a makeup doubleheader with Aurora Wednesday before a full weekend at home against Marian and at Benedictine.
  • Softball (12-4, 1-1 NACC / W1) has a busy week ahead with makeups against Concordia Chicago Tuesday, Lakeland Wednesday, and regularly-scheduled games at Wisconsin Lutheran and against Concordia Wisconsin.
  • Men's Volleyball (13-11 / L1) hosts Lakeland in the first round of the inaugural NACC Tournament Tuesday.
  • Lacrosse (10-1, 3-1 MLC / W2) continues league play with road games at Benedictine Wednesday and at Aurora Sunday.
  • Golf has a pair of tournaments on the weekend, representing the start of its spring season. The Raiders are at the WLC Spring Invitational Saturday and Lake Forest Invitational Sunday.
  • Men's Tennis (2-5, 4-0 NACC / W4) is in River Forest, Illinois, with a doubleheader against Dominican and Concordia Chicago.
  • Track & Field returns to the Carroll for the second-straight weekend, this time for the CU Pioneer Invitational.
Tuesday Baseball Aurora* (2) 12:00 PM Audio  |  G1: Live stats G2: Live stats
Tuesday Softball Concordia Chicago* (2) 2:30 PM Audio  |  G1: Live stats G2: Live stats
Tuesday Men's Volleyball Lakeland (NACC Tournament) 7:00 PM Video  |  Live stats
Wednesday Softball @ Lakeland* (2) 3:00 PM  
Wednesday Lacrosse @ Benedictine* 7:00 PM Video  |  Live Stats
Saturday Track & Field (M/W) @ CU Pioneer Invitational All Day  
Saturday Golf @ WLC Spring Invitational All Day  
Saturday Men's Tennis @ Concordia Chicago* 10:00 AM  
Saturday Baseball Marian* (2) 12:00 PM Audio  |  G1: Live stats G2: Live stats
Saturday Softball @ Wisconsin Lutheran* (2) 12:00 PM G1: Live stats G2: Live stats
Saturday Men's Tennis @ Dominican* 2:00 PM  
Sunday Golf @ Lake Forest Invitational All Day  
Sunday Softball Concordia Wisconsin* (2) 12:00 PM Audio  |  G1: Live stats G2: Live stats
Sunday Baseball @ Benedictine* (2) 12:00 PM Live Stats 
Sunday Lacrosse @ Aurora* 2:00 PM Video  |  Live stats
* Conference Contest | Home Contests in BOLD