The Saint Mary men's lacrosse team earned a hard fought 10-9 victory over Benedictine at home on Tuesday. The win makes the Spires 3-1 in KCAC play, one game back of first place Missouri Valley. Saint Mary is 6-6 overall.
After an early Benedictine goal, Saint Mary tied the game at the 7:21 mark of the first quarter. Benedictine added another goal, but that would round out the scoring in the first quarter. The Spires scored three consecutive goals in the second and outscored the Ravens 5-3 in the quarter to take a 6-5 lead into halftime.
Two Benedictine goals to begin the third quarter gave the Ravens the lead once again, but the Spires would score twice in the final three minutes of the period to lead by one headed into the final quarter. Benedictine tied the game with just under nine minutes left to play. The Spires took the lead back less than two minutes later, but Benedictine tied the game again with a goal at the 2:28 mark. Cory Wunderlich found the back of the net for the deciding goal just 30 seconds later as the Spires held on for the 10-9 victory.
Wunderlich led all scorers with four goals. Billy Dineen scored three times. AJ Nardi, Matthew Waeckerle and Mackinley Morgan each had one goal as well. Morgan had a team high four assists. Brandon Newman and Morgan each had eight ground balls. Brennon Hipsher won 12 of 18 face offs and Lorenzo Gioia won three of five. Zander Smith had 11 saves and earned the win in goal.
The men's lacrosse team will resume play on Friday when they host Indiana Tech at 6pm.
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|(4)Indiana Institute of Technology||25|
|(RV)Benedictine College at||9|
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|(1)Missouri Valley College||18|
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