Gustafson Records Highlight 23-2 Win at North Central (Minn.)

Gustafson Records Highlight 23-2 Win at North Central (Minn.)

MINNEAPOLIS – Junior Clay Gustafson broke five school game and season records and was one of three players with at least five goals as the MSOE lacrosse team defeated North Central (Minn.) 23-2 Wednesday afternoon at Elliot Field Park.

The Raiders (6-7) posted their fourth 20-goal game of the season in breezing past the first-year Rams (0-9).

Gustafson scored five goals and assisted on nine others to break single-game records for assists and points (14). The high output brought his season totals to program records of 36 goals, 24 points, and 60 points.

Junior Oliver Kennedy had held the record with seven assists in a game set last season while Gustafson and Brent Finnegan (2012-15) shared the mark of 10 points in a game. Finnegan had held each of the season standards with 35 goals, 21 assists, and 56 points as a senior.

Junior Thomas Reid was actually the top goal-scorer with six goals to go with four assists for 10 points. Freshman Collin Fisher also netted five goals. Freshman John Wilson scored one goal and had three assists.

MSOE simply overmatched North Central, outshooting the hosts 50-8, winning 22-of-27 face-offs, collecting 28 more ground balls (40-12), and winning the turnover battle 21-10.

The Raiders opened the game with five-straight goals, four of which were assisted by Gustafson and the fifth scored by the Bay Port, Wisconsin, native. Tim Dokken then got NCU on the board to end the first quarter. After back-to-back Red & White goals to open the second quarter, Dokken scored again to make it 7-2.

It was all MSOE after that, as the team scored eight unanswered to take a 15-2 lead into halftime. It then notched a pair of goals in the third quarter and scored six times in the fourth.

After this break from league play, the Raiders return to the MLC Saturday when they host Cornell in a match with serious league tournament implications. The game is set for a 4 p.m. start at Viets Field.