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Broncos go 2-0 on President's Weekend - Feb 18, 2014
The Santa Clara Broncos Men’s Lacrosse team took a successful road-trip over President’s Weekend, going 2-0, besting the Claremont Cougars 10-6, and winning a thrilling contest against LMU 11-10 in overtime.
Coming straight off the bus to play the Cougars of the Claremont Colleges, the Broncos got off to a slightly sluggish start, allowing Claremont to snag an early 1-0 lead. However, SCU evened the score at 1-1 at the end of the quarter, and added four more before halftime to take a 5-2 lead going into the second half. A five goal third quarter from the Broncos left the score at 10-4. Two late goals from the Cougars were not enough to get them back in the game, and the Broncos prevailed 10-6. Both Eric Risa and A.J. Von Massenhausen scored twice for the Broncos, and Scott Wheaton got three tallies. Defensively, C.J. did an impressive shut-down job on Claremont’s leading offensive player, who scored only once.
The game played on Monday had much more tension and drama in store for the visiting Broncos. Taking the field against a talented LMU squad, the Broncos looked sluggish in the early going, and dropped to a 4-1 deficit by the end of the first quarter. SCU was able to stop the bleeding with a 2-2 second period that left the score at 6-3 going into the second half.
With the half came both a change in the weather, and a change performance for the Broncos. A sunny morning gave way to an overcast afternoon, which must have been to the liking of Seattle native Eric Risa, who notched a goal early in the second half, spurring the Broncos on to a 4 goal 3rd quarter, and a much closer 8-7 score headed into the final period. The Broncos notched another in the fourth, but gave up a pair of goals, and SCU found themselves on the outside looking in, down 2 goals, without the ball, with 53 seconds on the clock.
Coming out a timeout, C.J. Toy delivered a magnificent take away to give the Broncos possession and hope for the comeback. After getting the ball downfield, Scott Wheaton found the back of the net, but the Broncos still had a long ways to go to try and force overtime. Santa Clara freshman Eric Risa was called upon for the critical face-off, which he won despite the high pressure and physicality of the LMU face off man. With the ball secured, the Broncos found Wheaton behind the goal, who then dodged his way to the goal and powered the ball home with less than 10 seconds remaining to force OT.
After losing the overtime face-off, Santa Clara continued the lockdown defense they had played in the second half to regain possession. Shortly after, Senior Robby Inch scored on a tough look to seal the comeback and a 2-0 record on the road trip.
Broncos starts off season with strong win over UCSC - Feb 8, 2014
The Santa Clara Broncos opened their season with a win Saturday night over the UCSC Banana Slugs by a score of 23-5. Originally planned as an away game, the game was moved to Santa Clara’s Bellomy Field due to poor field conditions in Santa Cruz and inclement weather forecasted for game time. Though the rain held off, the conditions were wet as the Broncos and Banana Slugs squared off for the 4th consecutive season. Though UCSC would get on the board first, it was all Broncos from then on out, as Santa Clara’s offenses exploded for the fourth straight win over Santa Cruz in as many years. Santa Clara featured a balanced offense which saw 23 goals come from 15 different players. Sophomore Brendan Phinny and Senior Scott Wheaton both scored three times, and four other players scored twice.
Scoring their first goals as Broncos were freshman Oscar Stevenson, an attackman from Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, and Erik Risa, a midfielder and faceoff man from the Overlake School in Seattle, Washington, who also snagged 6 ground balls. Reid Kenny, a sophomore from Seattle’s Garfield High School also notched his first goal as a player at Santa Clara. Also appearing in their first games as Broncos were midfielder Matt Lam, a transfer from Foothill College, and Junior Defenseman Ryan Mahoney.
Defensively, the Broncos were led by Junior C.J. Toy who scooped up 6 ground balls, and rookie goalkeeper Matt Sarver. The freshman from Lake Oswego, Oregon was unflinching in his first regular season appearance for the Broncos. Sarver posted 14 saves while allowing only 5 goals, 2 of which came in the waning minutes of the contest.
Santa Clara will look to build on the momentum from this win as they take their first extended road trip of the season. This weekend Santa Clara will travel to Southern California to take on Claremont on Saturday at 2pm and LMU on Monday at noon.
The Santa Clara University Men’s Lacrosse team is pleased to announce that Rick Blick will be leading the team into the 2014 season as Head Coach, and will be welcoming Mike Lambrecht to the organization as the team’s Assistant Coach.
Coach Blick and Lambrecht both grew up on Long Island, NY and played a number of games against each other in high school with Blick in goal and Lambrecht as an attackman. Blick and Lambrecht would later go on to play at Hobart and Hofstra, respectively. In addition to their 40 years of lacrosse playing and coaching experience, both coaches share a long-standing friendship that will undoubtedly benefit the Broncos in 2014.
Despite finishing 5th in the WCLL standings under 2013 Interim Head Coach Bruce Meierdiercks, the team showed some promising games over the course of the 2013 season, and the Broncos are looking forward to the 2014 season with a returning roster of veteran talent.
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