MOUNT VERNON, Iowa – Every win matters for the MSOE lacrosse team, and they knew that when they traveled to the Hawkeye State to take on Cornell College. With only four playoff spots up for grabs, the Raiders want to control their own destiny, and helped out the cause with the 16-5 victory over the Rams on Saturday afternoon.
MSOE Raiders – 16
Cornell – 5
HOW IT HAPPENED
MSOE (7-6, 7-2 MLC) are 5-1 when they score first this season, so getting off to a fast start in these last three games is crucial. They certainly did in his past Saturday's game against Cornell (3-12, 1-8 MLC). The Raiders tallied their first of 16 total goals only 1:03 into the first quarter when John Wilson (New Oxford, Pa. / New Oxford) set up Liam Brown (Lake Orion, Mich. / Lake Orion) for the first score of the afternoon. That was just one of six goals the Red & White had in the opening frame, with Brown and Wilson helping out on four. The Raiders scored three more to start the second quarter before Cornell could finally find the back of the net with just 1:58 left to go in the half. Again, Brown and Wilson helped out on two of the four second quarter goals, with Collin Fischer (Lake in the Hills, Ill. / Huntley) and Jack Fisher (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Skyline) scoring unassisted goals of their own.
Up 10-1, MSOE was looking to control the game defensively in the last 30 minutes, which they did. While Cornell scored four straight goals to close out the third and open the fourth, the Raiders answered back with five of their own to snuff out any would be rally. The good guys outshot their counterparts 48-33 in the contest, with the Red & White dominating in the caused turnover category 15-5. They also outshot the Rams 48-33 on their way to the 16-5 victory.
Since losing four straight to start the season, the Raiders are 7-2 (.777) and have secured their third winning conference record in a row.
MSOE STAT TRACKER
Collin Fischer – 4 goals, 3 ground balls
John Wilson – 1 goal, 4 assists, 2 ground balls
Will Borup (Telluride, Colo. / Telluride) – 3 caused turnovers, 1 ground ball
Colin Hall (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Benet Academy) – 53:20 minutes played, 12 saves
WHO'S ON DECK
The Raiders will finish out the regular season this week with two home games at Viets Field. First up will be Benedictine tomorrow night, a game that was rescheduled way back on the 10th of this month, with a start time of 7:00 pm.