Mesa men’s lacrosse team cuts down on penalties in win
Cutting down on penalties was high on the to-do list for the young Mesa State College men’s lacrosse team after its first seven games.
Through seven games, six on the road, the Mavericks had spent 691⁄2 minutes in the penalty box, more than twice as many as their opponents. Friday night at Walker Field, though, the Mavericks were penalized only three times for 2 minutes, 30 seconds — a half-minute less than their opponent. Keeping a full squad on the field helped Mesa State defeat Dominican (Calif.) University 6-5. Last month, the Mavericks lost 11-6 to Dominican.
Friday, Trace Wollner scored a quick goal for the Mavericks, who had a man advantage in the final minutes of the first quarter and cashed in on a goal by Nick Cosgrove.
Dillon Bernad’s goal with 23 seconds left gave Mesa (2-6, 2-3 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) a 3-0 lead. Dominican cut it to 3-2 by halftime, but Andrew Kurth and Bernad scored in the third quarter and Trevor Ecton added a power play goal early in the fourth for the Mavs’ second straight victory.
The loss was the first in WILA play for Dominican (4-5). Mesa State goalie Brad Brandenburg made 11 saves for his second straight victory. The Mavericks took 21 shots to Dominican’s 24.
With the dual on the line, Mesa State senior Kate Lowder came through, defeating Marianne Evangelista 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) at No. 4 singles to give the Mavericks an important 5-4 victory over Metro State in an RMAC dual in Silver City, N.M.
Mesa State needed the victory to stay ahead of the Roadrunners in the NCAA Division II Central Region rankings. The Mavericks are ranked fourth, Metro is seventh.
Mesa State trailed 4-2 at one point, but got wins from Kelleen Sera, Victoria Sargent, Kaitlin Sera and Lowder in singles.
Sargent rallied from a set down to win 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.
The Sera twins won at No. 2 doubles.
It came down to the last match in the men’s dual, but Metro State came away with a 5-4 victory.
The Roadrunners won two doubles matches and three singles matches.
Mesa’s Andres Hernandez, Joseph Aragon and Jonathan Casson won singles matches at Nos. 3, 4 and 5, respectively. Jaco Gerbrands and Aragon won at No. 2 doubles.
Mesa State plays Western New Mexico today.