Visiting Comets Edge Men's Lacrosse on Senior Day, 10-9

Photo by Mike Dickie.
Photo by Mike Dickie.

ADRIAN, Mich.--Senior goalie Brett Farrelly made a season-high 23 saves, and junior Michael Turner led all scorers with six points, but it was not enough as the Adrian College men's lacrosse team dropped a 10-9 heartbreaker Saturday at the hands of visiting Olivet College in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play on Senior Day.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Olivet 10, Adrian 9 

= Location: Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Mostly Sunny, 73 degrees, Wind WSW 20 mph

= Records: Olivet Comets 4-5 overall (2-1 MIAA), Adrian Bulldogs 2-8 overall (0-3 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
Farrelly established a season-high in saves for the second outing in a row, this time making 23 stops--several in spectacular fashion on shots from close range to keep Adrian in it. He also led all players with seven ground balls.

= Turner registered a hat-trick and had three assists.

= Freshman Griffin Davison contributed a career- and game-high four assists among five points.

= Senior Justin Polischuk scored twice, recorded two ground balls and had three caused turnovers. 

THE OPPOSITION
Nino Minaudo led the Olivet offense with two goals and three assists.

Tyler Polendo also scored a hat-trick for his side.

= Goalie Drew Radners made 20 stops.

= Charlie Haesler led the team with a game-high-tying seven ground balls and he had three caused turnovers.

Jake Kovalcik won 11-of-20 faceoffs and grabbed four ground balls.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Minaudo ripped an unassisted goal from mid-range with 3 minutes and 33 seconds left in the game to break a 9-all tie.

= Adrian had a good scoring opportunity to send the game into overtime. After Shane Prunty was whistled for an offside technical penalty to give the Bulldogs a man-up opportunity, Schmitt's shot from 10 yards out sailed just left of the cage with a second remaining.

= In a back-and-forth contest, Adrian took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter as Davison, senior Matt Scherer and freshman Alec Richards scored 3:38 apart beginning with the 6:51 mark.

Logan Krieger got the Comets on the scoreboard with a man-up tally on a feed from Minaudo with 2:46 remaining. Adrian ended the first up 3-1.

= Olivet scored four of the five goals in the second quarter to take a slim 5-4 lead into the halftime locker room. The Comets evened the score 3-3 at 6:59 by taking advantage of an Adrian "own goal" when a defender misconnected on a backpass to the goalie and the ball went into the back of the cage.

= The Comets began the second half on a 3-1 run to go up 8-5 on Polendo's second goal of the afternoon with 8:48 to go in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs answered with four consecutive goals.

= Polischuk started the Adrian rally at the 7:15 mark and added another 4 minutes later. Turner also scored twice during that 4-0 run, as the Bulldogs led 9-8 going into the final quarter.

= The fourth stanza was scoreless until the 10:25 mark when Polendo scored his final tally of the game on a pass from Trevor Bailey, tying it 9-9 and setting the stage for Minaudo's game-winner late.

= Olivet also had slight statistical advantages in ground balls (32-29) and shots (44-41).

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Two Adrian losses have come from four goals combined.

Farrelly owns the top-two single-game save performances in school history, including the Adrian record of 29 at Illinois Wesleyan on March 12, 2016.

= With 466 career saves, Farrelly needs 21 to break Kevin Lerg's (2011-14) all-time mark of 486.

= Adrian senior Cody Schmitt (4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover) had a man-up goal today to take over the MIAA lead with six.

= Prior to the game, the Bulldogs six-member senior class (Farrelly, Polischuk, Schmitt, Scherer, defender Blake VanStrate and midfielder Paul Wizinsky) were honored for their contributions, which include a 2014 MIAA title and runner-up finish the following year.

UP NEXT
= Adrian embarks on a brief two-game road swing on Wednesday in Angola, Ind., where the Bulldogs will travel to Trine University. The MIAA encounter in Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Video l Live stats

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