Men’s Lacrosse Team Positive Despite Season-Opening Loss

The 2017 men’s lacrosse team. PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTMINSTER ATHLETICS.

BY BEN CAMPBELL
SPORTS EDITOR

Westminster men’s lacrosse team played its first game in program history last Sunday, losing 14-1 at Kansas State.


Andrew Patterson, ‘19, scored the lone goal for the Blue Jays, assisted by Jeremy Hill, ‘17. Tirso Aquino, ‘17, started in net and made nine saves. Jonathan Neaf, ’20, replaced Aquino at the start of the second half and tallied 12 saves.

Women’s lacrosse coach Kristi Crowley traveled with the team to coach them, as the men’s coach was just recently hired and is unable to join the team until next week.

Despite the loss, faceoff specialist and attackman Grant Peterson, ‘17, saw many positives for the program.

“Our team is picking up the sport fast,” Peterson said. “It was clear especially on the defense end, allowing only three goals in the second half. I’m excited to see us progress through the season and recognize our potential.”

Athletic Director Tracey Braden shares Peterson’s enthusiasm.

“We are excited to grow this new sport on our campus,” she said.

The next games for the men’s and women’s teams are scheduled for Sat., Feb. 18, against Benedictine College. The women will play at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3:30 p.m.

Both teams are currently club sports, but they will gain NCAA Division III sponsorship before the start of next season.

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