Slow Start Dooms Men's Lacrosse in MIAA Loss to Visiting Trine, 23-10

Goalie Max Bade and defender Collin Hull track the action. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Goalie Max Bade and defender Collin Hull track the action. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Freshmen captain Chris French and Peyton Gasche each recorded a hat trick, and classmate Max Leventis scooped up a game-high 11 ground balls, but it wasn't enough to help host Adrian escape an early hole in a 23-10 loss at the hands of Trine in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's lacrosse action on Saturday.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Trine University 23, Adrian College 10

= Location: Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Partly Sunny, 56 degrees, Wind SW 13 mph

= Records: Trine Thunder 6-3 overall (1-2 MIAA); Adrian Bulldogs 3-7 overall (0-2 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
= French also had an assist to tie for the team high with four points, plus he had five ground balls. 

= Freshman Travis Fox had three assists as part of a four-point afternoon to go along with five ground balls.

= Leventis was solid in the face-off "X" with 17 wins in 31 draws.

= Sophomore co-captain Kyle Sanderson scored two goals, had two ground balls and caused a turnover.  

THE OPPOSITION
= Tyler Corless led all scorers with nine points on four goals and five assists. 

= Eric Peal scored a game-best five goals and had an assist.

= Other multiple goal-scorers were Tyler Klima (3 assists), Justin Gearig (2 assists), Neil Orr (2 assists), Jarod Schepp (2 assists), Conner Putman (1 assist) and Brandon Matuszczak. 

= Dave Keptner chipped in eight ground balls and two caused turnovers.

= Max Harris was 16-for-30 on face-off and he accumulated seven ground balls.

= Anthony Marasco got the win with nine saves in the cage.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Trine spurted to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and doubled up Adrian in each of the next three by identical 6-3 scores to win by 13.

= Adrian got on the scoreboard with just a second left in the opening quarter when French found Sanderson for the goal.

= French and Gasche scored 2 minutes and 26 seconds early in the second quarter to get the Bulldogs within 6-3, but Trine responded with a 9-2 run to go up 15-5 midway through the third.

= Statistically, the teams were not separated by that much. Trine did dominate Adrian in shots (52-34) and shots on goal (31-19). 

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Adrian still leads the Thunder in the all-time series, 8-4. Trine has won the last four meetings.

= French and Gasche are tied for the Adrian scoring lead with 49 points apiece--good for third in the MIAA. 

UP NEXT
= Adrian travels to Grand Rapids on Wednesday (7 p.m.) to play Calvin College in a MIAA matchup.  

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