Eagles News
Men's Lacrosse - Thu, Feb. 14, 2013
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Concordia
St. Mary's College

Concordia Men's Lacrosse, which started with a pre-season national ranking of #8 in Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates Division 2 (MCLA D2), took a bump in the polls this week with a commanding victory on Saturday over St. Mary's College of Moraga, CA.  The Gaels came in polling at #12, setting up a contest which was to be a test of the Eagles' highest ranking in the young program's history.

Concordia hosted the contest at Sage Hill School's new turf field, which is one of the nicest lacrosse venues in Orange County.  

"Sage Hill has been very gracious to share their facility with our lacrosse program over the last 3 or 4 years," commented Concordia's head coach, Will
McMinn.  

The Lacrosse Network, which filmed the game and streamed it live on their Youtube channel.  There were nearly 1,000 viewings of the game, including international lacrosse fans logging in from Canada and Belgium.

The Eagles came out early in the contest blasting on all cylinders.  The score at the end of the first quarter was 5-1.  By half time the lead had grown to a commanding 14-3, with excellent play by the Eagles laxers on both ends of the field. St. Mary's staged a gutsy comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 5-4, but consistent hustle in the open field, resolute defense, and excellent ball control by the offense proved too much for the Gaels, a well-run program which has won the WCLL conference championship four out of the last five years. Concordia finished with a 4-1 fourth quarter, making the final tally 22-9.  The Eagles' hustle quotient was high, with 52 ground balls to St. Mary's 27.

On the day, career best performances were had by junior attackman Marcus Turner, with 5 goals and 5 assists, senior midfielder Steven Kassity, with 2 goals and 3 assists, and senior defensive middie Seth Gordon (1g, 2a).  Attackers Josh Fagan (5g, 1a) and Destin Seguin (3g, 1a) came through with strong performances, as well.  Breaking the ice this year with multiple points and their best performances to date from the midfield were sophomore Jonathan Quickel (1g,1a), and freshmen Zach Bannon (2g) and Chase Matranga (2g, 1a). Strong performances were also had in the goal by junior Cody Cook (10 saves, 3 goals against), and senior Kelly McMinn (7 saves, 6 goals against).  At the face off "x" George Martinez had a strong performance with 14 wins of 23 face-offs, as did Jonathan "Q" Quickel, with 7 wins on 10 face-offs taken. Nick Adam had a career best stats day at defense with 4 caused turnovers and some very aggressive, smothering defense.

Tough fall and early spring scrimmages against top local NCAA and MCLA Division 1 opponents seem to have had the desired effect of raising the bar for Concordia's Men's Lacrosse program.

The Eagles men's lacrossers will take the momentum created by an impressive opener into this next weekend, when they will take on defending National Champion St. Thomas Tommies (Friday at 7pm) and last year's PNCLL finalists U of Portland Pilots (Saturday at 4:30).

 

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