Mizzou moves to 2-0 after taking down Nebraska

COLUMBIA, MO – The University of Missouri’s Men’s Lacrosse team continued their 2019 campaign this weekend with a trip up to UMLC West rival Nebraska. Mizzou stood at 1-0 entering the game after the big win last week against Kansas State while Nebraska came in at 0-2 with losses to Arkansas and a close one in OT to another divisional opponent, Iowa State.

Weather and field issues were once again the story of the week as the Tigers were only able to practice about half their originally scheduled time. That being said the Tigers made the best of it in preparing for a much more improved Nebraska team than they saw a year ago.

It’s always tough having to travel and then play right off the bus, but thus is the life of an MCLA student-athlete. The first quarter was a slow start for the Tigers as a result. A couple of unforced errors as well as over 5 minutes of penalties being assessed would make it tough for any team to find a rhythm. Despite that the Tigers still led 3-2 after the first. Mizzou finally found their rhythm in the 2nd quarter and held onto it for the rest of the game outscoring Nebraska 14-4 through the next 3 quarters for a final of 17-6.

Senior Attackman Noah Iversen once again put 6 goals in the net but also dropped 8 assist this time. 2018 1st Team All-Conference midfielder Nick Pisani had his first goals of the season putting 3 in while freshman midfielder Alex Sahli had his breakout game with 3 goals and 2 assist himself. Another dominating performance from the faceoff unit as Mizzou went 23/27 on the night(85%) with Sophomore Mike McDonough and Junior Collin Schott leading the way. A couple of freshman goalkeepers would hold the pipes for Mizzou throughout the game as Junior Connor Graves was out. Ian Jones would get the start between the pipes and Freshman Goalie Rocco Monachino would get the nod for the 2nd half; they combined to make 8 Saves on the night with 6 GA.

A couple late scratches left Mizzou with a short bench for the game but the Tigers start the season off 2-0 none the less. Mizzou comes back home for game 3 this Friday as they host in-state foe Missouri State at 6pm on Stankowski Field.

Box Score

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GOALS: Sr. Noah Iversen(6), Fr. Alex Sahli(3), Jr. Nick Pisani(3), So. Thomas Stewart(2), Fr. Tyler Gilbert(1), So. Reilly Sheahan(1), Jr. Matt Petersen(1),

ASSISTS: Sr. Noah Iversen(8), Sr. Kyle Holmes(2), Fr. Alex Sahli(2), So. Thomas Stewart(2), So. Reilly Sheahan(1)

FACEOFFS: So. Mike McDonough – 12/13 – 92%, Jr. Collin Schott – 11/14 – 79%

GOALIES: Fr. Rocco Monachino – 3 Save, 3 GA – 50%, Fr. Ian Jones – 5 Save, 3 GA – 63%

Mizzou takes down K-State in 2019 Season Opener

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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,

Box Score

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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%