Brett Farrelly Sets Adrian Career Saves Benchmark in Bulldogs' 20-5 Loss at Alma to End Season

Senior goalie Brett Farrelly eyes a loose ball in a game earlier this season. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior goalie Brett Farrelly eyes a loose ball in a game earlier this season. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ALMA, Mich.--Senior Brett Farrelly became the all-time saves leader in Adrian College men's lacrosse history on Saturday, but host Alma College secured the No. 3 seed in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament with a 20-5 win over the Bulldogs.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Alma 20, Adrian 5

= Location: Bahlke Field, Alma, Mich.; Weather conditions: Cloudy, 55 degrees, Wind ENE 10 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 4-10 overall (2-5 MIAA); Alma Scots 11-5 overall (5-2 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Freshman Griffin Davison pumped in a team-high four goals.

Farrelly posted a road season-high of 15 saves and added five ground balls to lead the Bulldogs.

= Junior defenders Michael Desmadryl and Caleb Vanderlugt contributed four and three ground balls, respectively. The latter also won 10 face-offs.

THE OPPOSITION
Jake Ellens led all scorers with seven points on five goals and two assists.

Austen Irrer (2g, 3a), Chase Hunyadi (5g, 1a), Jared Nycz (2g, 2a), Daniel Buchy (3g) and Mitch Adams (2g, 1a) had multiple-point afternoons.

Cam Stelljes made nine stops to improve to 8-4 in the cage.

Austin Jordan had game highs of six ground balls and two caused turnovers.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Alma opened up a close 3-1 game in the second quarter by scoring eight of the 10 goals to go into the locker room with an 11-3 halftime lead.

= The Scots also had significant statistical advantages in shots (59-23), shots on goal (35-14), ground balls (44-24), caused turnovers (12-4), turnovers (17-24) and face-off wins (19-10).

= Freshman Todd Gipson-Goodnough fed Davison for the tying goal, 1-1, with 11 minutes and 23 seconds left in the first quarter.

= Alma scored two goals--Ellens on the man-up and Irrer--44 seconds apart in the final 1:35 to take the lead for good at 3-1 after 15 minutes.

= Schmitt opened the second quarter scoring with his MIAA-third-leading seventh man-up tally, but the Scots reeled off seven unanswered goals to take control.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
Farrelly finishes his career with 500 saves, breaking Kevin Lerg's school record of 486 from 2011-14. Farrelly ended the regular season ranked third in the MIAA with 136 stops.

= Senior Cody Schmitt is the program's all-time leader with 114 caused turnovers. He also lists second only behind Mitch Barnard (2010-12) in career ground balls, 290-255.

= Davison is sixth in the conference with a team-leading 34 goals.

= Junior Michael Turner led the team with 22 assists among a career-best 38 points.

= Numerous Bulldogs set career highs in various categories this season: junior Callum Clark in goals (6), assists (4) and ground balls (37); Schmitt in goals (17) and ground balls (81); senior Matt Scherer in goals (12) and ground balls (23); and classmate Justin Polischuk in goals (8).

= Adrian still leads Alma in the all-time series, 4-2.

UP NEXT
= Adrian is expected to return all but seven seniors for the 2018 campaign, building on doubling its win total from the 2016 season.

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