MILWAUKEE – The third time was the charm. After two previous tries to hold a home game at Viets Field, Saturday afternoon was the official home opener for the MSOE lacrosse team. And what an opener it was. The Raiders offense exploded for 11 goals and Colin Hall (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Benet Academy) stopped every single shot he faced, as the Red & White blanked Monmouth College for conference win number two.
MC Fighting Scots – 0
MSOE Raiders - 11
HOW IT HAPPENED
MSOE (2-4, 2-1 MLC) scored four goals in each of the first two quarters, allowing them to immediately control the pace of the game. While they had no way of knowing that Monmouth (2-4, 0-4 MLC) wouldn't score a single goal throughout the contest, they played with the intensity that ensured the Fighting Scots were not going to be able to mount of a comeback. The scoring started when Collin Fischer (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Huntley) buried a pass from Jack Fisher (Ann Arbor, Mich./Skyline) only 53 seconds in to put the Raiders up 1-0. Every goal after that was just insurance. Six different MSOE players scored in the opening 30 minutes, including two from Fischer and Harrison Davies (Coeur D'Alene, Idaho/Coeur D'Alene).
While the scoring slowed down in the second half, the defense did not. They pressured Monmouth, forcing bad passes and turnovers even after result was all but a formality. The biggest accomplishment was yet to come, however. It took every second of the 60-minute match, but when the final horn sounded, keeper Colin Hall became just the third goalie in program history to notch a solo shutout, and the first to reach that accomplishment since Pat Collins, who entered the record books against Carroll (Wis.) 22-0 on April 6, 2016. (Collins and Hall teamed up to blank Carroll (Wis.) 21-0 back on March 22, 2017.)
In the end, the 11-0 victory was another big step towards getting back to .500 for the Red & White, who have now won two in and a row and will head into their next match with a 2-1 MLC conference record.
TEAM STAT OF THE GAME
Besides Hall's incredible effort, the team itself was nearly perfect in several categories. This includes clears (19-20) and man up situations (4-4).
RAIDER LEADERS OF THE GAME
Colin Hall – 60 minutes played, 15 shots faced, 15 saves
John Wilson (New Oxford, Pa./New Oxford) – 3 goals, 2 assists, 9 shots on goal
Jack Fisher – 3 assists, 4 shots, 1 ground ball
Bennett Harris (Wales, Wis./Kettle Moraine)– 6 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
WHO'S ON DECK?
The Raiders will continue their four game homestand this Wednesday when they welcome Beloit to Viets Field. Game time is set for 7:00 pm.