The University of Missouri Men’s Lacrosse team had a great run during the 2012 campaign. While the final outcome may not have been what many had hoped for, the 2012 season proved to be a step forward for the program. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 8-3, going 4-0 in their conference. Winning the GRLC West was a huge accomplishment for the Tigers. The program had not won the GRLC West conference title since 2003. The Tigers came up just short in the GRLC Conference Tournament this year, losing to Iowa in a heartbreaking overtime loss. It was a tough way to end the season, but the team was able to learn and grow from the loss.
The team faced many adversities throughout the season, but they always managed to overcome whatever they were faced with. Losing 2011 3rd Team All-American Zach Nisson and starting face-off man James Stannard to shoulder injuries was a major setback for the Tigers, but sophomores Tim Adams and Matt Vollmer were able to pick up the slack. Tim Adams led the team in points this year, averaging 3.375 points per game. Increasing his average nearly one full point from his freshman year. Matt Vollmer led the team in goals with 22, while also improving his point per game average. Underclassman played a major role on the offensive side of the field this year. Out of the top 10 point scorers this year, eight were sophomores or younger. With underclassman playing such a major role on the team, the future is very bright for the Tigers.
Due to injuries, the Tigers will only be graduating seniors Josh Nelson and Sean Hogarty. Josh and Sean have been key players during the rise of the program. Off the field, they both held Leadership Team positions for two or more years. On the field, both were able to accumulate very successful careers. Sean finished is career with an outstanding goals against average of 6.29. With Sean in goal, the Tigers always knew they had a reliable and skilled goalie to back them up. Sean has set a high standard for all future goalies of Mizzou Lacrosse.
Josh Nelson also played a major role in the growth of the program. Josh was president of the team for two years and helped to push the program to a new standard. On the field, Josh provided leadership for the team. He was captain for three years and started every game for Mizzou in the past four years. Josh is a three-time GRLC All-Conference award winner, earning 1st Team All-Conference in two different positions. As a junior, he received 1st Team at long stick midfield and as a senior he received 1st Team at defensive midfield. He also was an All-American honorable mention as a junior and was nominated again for All-American this year.
Mizzou Lacrosse is thankful for all that both Sean and Josh have done while apart of the program.
More photos from the MU-Iowa game
Tim Adams and Matt Vollmer both earned hat tricks Saturday night in Missouri’s 11-9 victory over Iowa. Adams had a total of five points and Vollmer had four in the Tigers’ second conference win.The Tigers are now 6-2 overall and 2-0 in conference.
Iowa struck first, with a goal in the first few minutes of the game. Missouri went on a tear, scoring the next seven goals in the half. Goalie Dan Shim and the defense held off the Hawkeyes until the final 18 seconds of half when they scored their second goal.
The Tigers scored quickly after the halftime break, with Matt Ward scoring off a feed from Gerry Leonard. But penalties and a lull in scoring let Iowa slowly close the gap in the score. Iowa scored five goals in the third quarter while Missouri scored three, for a score of 10-6.
Missouri tightened up in the fourth quarter and Gerry Leonard scored his second goal to notch the win.
Josh Nelson had two assists while Ryan Biek and Matt Jaspering added one goal each in the game.
Missouri has three games left for the year, including two conference games (at Kansas on April 20 and at Wisconsin-Madison on April 28) and a scrimmage with Lindenwood on April 24.
Cumulative season stats can be found here.
The Missouri men’s lacrosse team kicked off its season Saturday with a impressive 10-5 win over Missouri Baptist. Mizzou dominated in the first half, scoring six goals and holding MoBap scoreless. MoBap came out of the halftime break energized and scored quickly, but Missouri answered just as quickly to maintain the six goal lead.
Missouri Baptist, rated No. 13 in the MCLA, rebounded with four more goals, but Missouri’s offensive machine continued to generate goals, never allowing MoBap to get close.
Senior attack Zach Nisson lead the scoring for Mizzou with one goal and three assists (4 points). Freshman attack Alex Hepper had one goal and two assists (3 points); Gerry Leonard, Jake Huebert, Matt Vollmer all had 2 points and Matt Ward, Ryan Biek, Adam Cook and Josh Nelson had one point each.
Missouri plays Missouri S&T on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. on Stankowski Field.
Photos by Karen Mitchell