Spartans Sweet 16 bound with 22-13 win at Adrian
Release courtesy of Aurora University
The Aurora University men's lacrosse team, making a second
consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse
Championships, defeated the Adrian College Bulldogs 22-13 to
advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second season in a row.
AU jumped on the Bulldogs early with Max Obriecht scoring the first of his five goals and six assists on the day just five seconds into the game.
After Adrian tied the game 1-1, AU rolled off six straight goals to take a commanding lead. Goal scorers in the run were Jack Barry (three), Zachary Olsen (two) and Nolan Miller.
Adrian would score three times before the quarter ended but AU led 7-4 after one.
The home team continued to cut into the lead, scoring the first goal of the second quarter but Obriecht scored to end the streak with 1:39 left in the half.
At halftime, AU led 8-5.
The third quarter started just as the first quarter did, with the Spartans coming out firing. Four goals later AU led 12-5 with 6:46 to play. Goal scorers were Barry, Miller, Obreicht and Jason Koziol.
As they did earlier in the game, Adrian did not go away quietly, scoring three times before Olsen tallied his third of the game with 19 seconds left in the third. At the end of three, AU led 13-8.
The fourth quarter was a offensive showcase with the Spartans scoring nine times and Adrian adding five for the final 22-13 score.
In the fourth, Head Coach Kylor Berkman was able to get all Spartans in the game as Olsen, Justin Bose (two), Miller (two), Obriecht (two), Danny Loyall and Max Matthai scored goals.
On the day, Adam Holka finished with nine saves for the win, Obreicht had 11 points (five goals and six assists), Barry, Olsen and Miller had four goals each with Miller adding two assists, Koziol had a goal and two assists and Alex Gebben had one assist. Obriecht, Matt Smidlein and Jeremy Kartel combined to go 30-of-39 in face-offs, dominating the Bulldogs
With the win, AU is now 16-3 overall, having won 16 straight games and tying a school record for wins. Au will travel to Denison University on Saturday, May 10 in Granville, Ohio. Game time is to be determined.