COLUMBIA, MO – The University of Missouri’s Men’s Lacrosse team opened their 2019 campaign at home this past weekend against former GRLC divisional foe Kansas State. Originally the Tigers were scheduled to play two games this weekend, with the other suppose to have been against MO S&T on Sunday. Unfortunately MO S&T had a late withdraw from the MCLA leaving us just one. Then due to field conditions caused from the polar vortex that came through the northern half of the country, the Kansas State game which was originally scheduled for Friday night, got moved from Friday to Sunday.
Constant weather and field issues have been the story so far as we begin this season for the Tigers. Mizzou has only been able to have one actual full practice outside this season. Some practices have had to be in a small indoor facility(only 40yds by 15yds) and the team were only able to use that space for an hour. While other days they were either cancelled altogether or limited to a one hour practice outside due to the negative wind chills Columbia saw.
Despite the field and practice issues, come game time the Tigers still managed to dominate the Kansas State Wildcats, winning the game with a final of 19 to 1. With a great group of freshman combined with a strong class of seniors, there were contributions from all over throughout the game. Senior Attack man Noah Iversen came out with a bang in his first game back since 2017 after studying abroad in 2018, recording 6 goals and 2 assist. Sophomore transfer Jack Eagan added another 4 goals and an assist, while freshman attack man Tyler Gilbert added another 2 goals in his collegiate debut. The defense held stout throughout the game giving up just one goal on the day. The defense also contributed heavily on the offensive side with Senior All-American Brian Pandolfo recording an astounding 3 assist and Sophomore Reilly Sheahan scoring 1 and Sophomore LSM Aaron Ross assisting on another.
All things considered, the Tigers got it done. Every single active player played throughout the game, the veteran players were able to shake the rust off and the young guns were able to get one under their belt. With a full week of practice ahead(potentially), this team will come out looking even more sharp in their next contest at Nebraska this Saturday,
GOALS: Sr. Noah Iversen(6), So. Jack Eagan(4), Sr. Cory Chlebicki(2), Sr. Kyle Holmes(2), Fr. Tyler Gilbert(2), So. Reilly Sheahan(1), Fr. Alex Sahli(1), Fr. Daniel Howard(1)
ASSISTS: Sr. Brian Pandolfo(3), Sr. Noah Iversen(2), So. Jack Eagan(1), So. Aaron Ross(1), So. Mike McDonough(1)
FACEOFFS: So. Mike McDonough – 9/13 – 69%, Jr. Collin Schott – 9/11 – 82%
GOALIES: Jr. Connor Graves – 5 Saves, 1 GA – 83%, Fr. Rocco Monachino – 1 Save, 0 GA – 100%, Fr. Ian Jones – 1 Save, 0 GA – 100%