MEQUON, Wis. - Playing just their third game of the young season, MSOE Raiders lacrosse was looking to put the first notch in their win column this afternoon against Concordia-Wisconsin. Unfortunately, a late Falcons shot found the back of the net, as the Red & White fell by one in their MLC conference opener.
MSOE (0-3, 0-1 MLC) scored the initial goal of the contest early on in first quarter, but that would be all the offensive production that they would get for some time. Concordia-Wisconsin (2-1, 1-0 MLC) scored three straight unanswered goals, two within 42 second of each other, to carry over a 3-1 lead into the second frame. The Raiders were down but not out, as once again they were the first to score in a quarter. Back to back goals from Harrison Davies (Coeur D'Alene, Idaho/Coeur D'Alene) and John Wilson (New Oxford, Pa./New Oxford) tied the game up, but the Falcons came back with two of their own to send the Red & White to the locker rooms down 5-3.
The third frame featured the most offense of any played on the afternoon, with MSOE scoring four of the five goals within the 15-minute time frame. Wilson put home his second of the game to pull the Raiders within one, but the Falcons would answer back less than 15 seconds later. Not to be out done, the Red & White scored the next three goals, one by Max Marquette (Andover, Mich./Andover) at 4:46, and two by Davies to give himself the hat trick at 10:02 and 3:35 to take the lead 7-6. Unfortunately, that would be where the Raiders offensive production stopped. CUW went on to score two goals in the last quarter, including one with two minutes left in regulation to put them in the lead, allowing them to secure the 8-7 victory.
Four different Raiders scored goals in this afternoon's game, and three came away with an assist. MSOE was called for five infractions in the contest totaling 3:30, which ended up leading to two Concordia-Wisconsin man-up scores. In comparison the Falcons were only called for three, lasting just 1:30. Colin Hall (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Benet Academy) and Garrett Wohlford got the decisions for their respective teams, with Hall saving 7 of the 15 shots he faced and Wohlford stopping 12 of 19. Most of the major statistical categories were even, with MSOE leading the way in total shots 33-28, while CUW held the advantage in ground balls (26-22) and clears (22/25-20/24).
Next up for the Raiders will be Augustana (Ill.) this Wednesday. Where and when the game will be played is the million-dollar question. With snow still covering Viets Field, the contest will most likely be played at a neutral site. Stay tuned to www.go-raiders.com and our social media channels for the latest updates.