FINAL SCORE: Earlham 13, Mount St. Joseph 9
LOCATION: Cincinnati, Ind. (Schueler Field)
RECORDS: Earlham 2-7, 2-2 HCLC / Mount St. Joseph 0-9, 0-2 HCLC
THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College men's lacrosse outscored host Mount St. Joseph 6-3 in the second half alone, adding onto a one-goal lead at the midway point and cruising to a 13-9 Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference road victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Mount St. Joseph got on the scoreboard early with a pair of goals, but Earlham responded with scores from Cole Burrell, Keith Coleman Jr., and Joel Dominguez. The Lions struck again just before the horn to end the first quarter, and held a 4-3 lead after 15 minutes.
- Josh Perkins notched back-to-back goals early in the second quarter off assists from Tony Boutwell, then the roles reversed as Boutwell found the back of the cage off an assist from Perkins as the Quakers grabbed a 6-4 lead by the 7:47 mark of the period.
- Mount St. Joe's added two goals to their tally, including an EMO goal from Collin Matt, but Perkins completed the hat trick to give the Quakers a 7-6 lead at the intermission.
- Earlham extended its lead with a pair of EMO goals from Burrell in the span of 23 seconds in the third quarter, taking a 9-6 lead. MSJ struck once more before the end of the frame, but the Quakers were still up 9-7 after 45 minutes.
- The Quakers dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lions 4-2 in the final 15 minutes. Boutwell scored twice for Earlham, with Perkins and Joel Dominguez added single goals in the period.
- Earlham outshot Mount St. Joseph, 45-31. The two teams each recorded 49 groundballs and 12 out of the 24 faceoffs.
- Quakers goalie Blake Francis charted 14 saves in the Earlham cage on his way to his first victory of the season. The Lions' Austin Lowery finished with 20 saves on the 33 shots on goal he faced over the course of the afternoon.
Earlham men's lacrosse heads back out to the road for its next contest on Wednesday, April 3, at 4:00 p.m. when they travel to Greencastle, Ind., to face Wabash College.