AURORA, Illinois – Senior Oliver Winsor scored three goals but the MSOE lacrosse team could not overcome a second-half rally in falling to defending league champion Aurora 11-7 Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
The Raiders (10-3, 3-3 MLC) led 4-3 at halftime but the Spartans (14-1, 7-0 MLC) scored four-straight goals to open the second half and pull away for good. The Red & White did pull within 7-6 heading into the fourth quarter before a 4-1 run put the results out of reach.
Senior Pat Collins made 11 saves in the game.
Aurora opened the game's scoring 2:15 into the match but MSOE quickly countered with back-to-back goals by Winsor and Fischer just 49 seconds apart at 11:05 and 10:16. The Spartans would pull even late in the first quarter before Winsor's second goal of the game with 1:12 remaining gave the Raiders the lead after one quarter.
The teams each scored one time in the second quarter, with Winsor expanding the lead to 4-2 at one point, to secure a 4-3 lead at halftime for the Red & White.
The home team came out firing in the second half, striking for four goals in a 1:54 span inside the first four minutes of the third quarter to take a 7-4 lead.
MSOE did not back down. Fischer pulled a goal back at 3:01 and Davies beat the quarter horn with a goal at 0:08 to pull the team within 7-6. Unfortunately, Aurora started the fourth quarter with another bunch of goals, three in a row this time, to open a 10-6 lead.
Reid's goal at 6:46 of the fourth quarter made it a three-goal game but that's as close as the Raiders would get. AU tacked on a late score to provide for the final tally.
Stats were fairly even with MSOE conceding a 38-33 discrepancy in shots and 29-22 in ground balls. The Raiders did convert five fewer turnovers, 21-16, and were successful on 21-of-23 clears against 16-for-19 by AU.
The Red & White looks to rebound when it returns to action Saturday against Cornell College.