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Fighting Scots break losing streak

April 20, 2018

Lily Guillen, THE COURIER

The Monmouth College men’s lacrosse team traveled to Chicago on April 11 for a 2:30 p.m. game against Concordia University Chicago. The Scots were coming off of a three-game losing streak, so they went with high hopes of a big win. With a new game plan and a big fight, the Scots prevailed and came out with a 15-5 victory.

With a new zone offense, drawn by the head coach Christopher Klaiber, the Scots came out prepared. The first quarter was dominated by the Scots with a demanding 7-0 lead. First quarter goals were scored by freshman Jeff Knapp (3), sophomore Croy Seagren (2), and sophomore Thomas Van Alstine (2).

The second quarter was a back and forth battle between the Scots and the Cougars. Freshman Jack Koenn was able to find the back of the net putting the score at 8-0 before halftime.

The third quarter came quick and the Scots were not done. Defensive captain Shane Herkert put in his first goal of his college career just two minutes into the quarter. Van Alstine and Tom Cangelosi were able to each score one more, in between three goals by the Cougars.

The fourth quarter did not come easy for either team. The Cougars defense gave it their all, but could not stand up to the Scots offense. Knapp and Van Alstine both scored two more goals, finishing with five goals each.

Thomas Van Alstine finished the game with an impressive total of 10 points. He had five crucial assists and was a big part of the team’s victory. Van Alstine said, “It was a good team win. Everybody played well all around and I got put in spots to make some plays and took advantage of it.”

The Scots have two games left before the closing of the season. They travel to Aurora University for a 4 p.m. game on April 25 and host Benedictine University for Senior Day on April 28 at 2 p.m. Tom Cangelosi, Jerry Ivey, and Christian Ponce will be recognized, and Cangelosi says, “Benedictine is definitely a winnable game and we could really use a crowd. Its senior day so we would love to have students being loud and celebrating the team’s success.”

Jeff Knapp
Contributing Writer

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