GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Upsetting the NO. 6 and two seeded Aquinas College, the Lawrence Technological University advances to the WHAC Tournament Championship of Saturday, April 27th with the 14-10 win against the Saints. The Blue Devils will travel to play Indiana Tech on Saturday, April 27th for the WHAC Championship title after Indiana Tech beat Madonna 13-3 in the semifinals.
The Blue Devils secured this upset behind several impressive performances. Jacob Flood ended the night with six crucial goals and two ground balls. Brendan Oles grabbed six points from five goals and one assist. Aidan Nolan secured two goals while Maveric Muscat had one assist. Justin Light had two points in the win with one goals and one assist. In net, Joel Trent had nine saves in the win. Alex Schlueter played an aggressive game between the restraining lines, leading the team in caused turnovers with two, as well as leading the team in ground balls with six.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Starting off the game with a quick goal from Brendan Oles saw a moment of a Saints attempt with two goals to follow. However, Oles went to score two more, followed by a goal from Jacob Flood and then, with a second left, one more goal from the stick of Oles to end the first 5-2. The second saw a close quarter, with each team scoring three. It started off with a dominate Flood scoring only two minutes into the quarter, followed by Aidan Nolan with help from Justin Light. The Saints capitalized on their second man up opportunity before Nolan found the back of the goal again with help from Maveric Muscat. Then, Aquinas closed the first half with two goals in the final minutes of the quarter.
The third quarter was the quietest out of the whole game, with Lawrence Tech scoring three goals, from two from Flood with one being assisted by Oles and a Justin Light goal. One goal from Aquinas would squeak by Trent, but LTU would go into the fourth up 11-6.
The fourth saw both team surge to the finish. Aquinas entered with energy, getting two goals in two minutes. Oles brought the Blue Devils up with a response, but the Saints, from the stick of Cam Rogers for the fourth time that night, made the game 12-9. Flood then took advantage of a man up situation, moving them up again, but the Saints responded once more. Flood then capitalized in the final two minutes, sealing the Blue Devils trip to the WHAC championships with their 14-10 win in the semifinals at the Saint's home turf.
With this win, the men's and women's lacrosse team will both play in the WHAC Championships at and against Indiana Tech on Saturday, April 27th. For more information, please visit the WHAC tournament page here.