MILWAUKEE – Freshman Andrew Clemens posted the MSOE lacrosse team's first four-goal game of the season in an 18-6 loss to Augustana Wednesday evening at Viets Field.
The Raiders (0-7, 0-5 MLC) outscored the Vikings (6-3, 3-1 MLC) 3-2 in the second quarter, but the visitors' depth was too much as they had a 9-2 advantage in the second half.
Clemens notched his second hat trick of the season, scoring four times and adding a pair of assists for MSOE. Juniors Brent Finnegan and Zachary Dawiec also found the back of the net, while Finnegan added an assist.
Alex Crescenti scored five times for Augustana to lead the way. Scott Davis found the back of the net four times and Jesse Nagelberg had three goals and two assists.
The Vikings jumped out to an early lead, scoring five times in the first five-plus minutes of the game. MSOE stepped up and stemmed the tide and scored a goal on its first shot of the game by Clemens with just under four minutes left in the period. Augie then responded with a pair of goals to take a 7-1 lead into the second quarter.
The Raider defense held strong, allowing the offense to get back in the game in the second period. Augustana made it 8-1 with 5:16 to go in the frame, but MSOE responded with three-straight goals to pull within 8-4. Dawiec scored first at 4:39, then Clemens netted back-to-back scores at 3:00 and 1:11.
The visitors added one more goal in the final minutes of the half to take a 9-4 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Augustana depth proved too much for the Raiders. The Vikings outscored MSOE 5-1 in the third quarter. They then opened the fourth quarter with three-straight goals to take a 17-5 lead. Clemens then struck for his season-high fourth goal of the game at
Augie outshot the Red and White 49-11 in the game. Junior goalie Adam Kocsis made 10 saves for the Raiders. Two goalies combined to make a pair of saves for the Vikings.
MSOE returns to action this Saturday, hitting the road to play at Defiance.