The men’s lacrosse team triumphed over Aurora University 17-5 in its first game at Washburn field this year. The Tigers cruised out to a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter and maintained the lead throughout. The Tigers improved to 3-0 on the season, winning by at least 10 goals in each game.
Fueled by three goals and two assists by Coby Petau ’20, the Tiger offense put on an impressive scoring display. Makay Hansen ’23 and Quinn Eaheart ’23 also finished with three goals. The first-years in particular performed well during the game.
“The freshman class came up big for us. They combined for a total of nine goals and we love to see that effort from the new guys,” said Coach Sean Woods.
Eaheart marked his first career goal and hat-trick for the Tigers and put in an excellent performance coming off the bench. “It was pretty funny actually,” Eaheart said. “Elliot Nelson took a shot and domed a defender, the ball popped up right to me on the edge of the crease and I put it top right.” Regardless of how comical the goal itself was, Eaheart noted that “hearing them announce my name and say that I had scored my first goal was a truly amazing moment.”
On top of their fantastic offensive displays throughout the first three games, the Tigers have only conceded 13 goals total thus far in the season. Coach Woods attributes this to “standout play from the defenders and some truly excellent goalkeeping.” The Tigers will look to continue these strong defensive displays going into the weekend.
Moving forward with the season, the Tigers are looking forward to getting into the heavy sections of their schedule. “We are a really good team, especially when we play the way we can,” Eaheart said.“ It is pretty clear from the first three games that we can play three elite quarters, and once we clean up that fourth quarter we will hold our own against anyone.”
Coach Sean Woods shares these sentiments. “It is a special group of guys, with a core group of upperclassmen that bring a lot of experience and leadership to the field and then a talented group of underclassmen that bring a bit of spark and excitement in the attacking third,” said Coach Woods.
The Tigers will play another game this Sunday, March 8. They will take on the struggling Haverford College Fords, who will be looking for their first victory in this 2020 season.