Bulldogs Send Seniors Out on a Winning Note in Home Finale over Kalamazoo, 10-3

The Adrian Bulldogs defeated Kalamazoo, 10-3, in their final men's lacrosse home game Tuesday. (Photo by Corey Graham)
The Adrian Bulldogs defeated Kalamazoo, 10-3, in their final men's lacrosse home game Tuesday. (Photo by Corey Graham)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Freshman Griffin Davison paced the offense with four goals, and senior Cody Schmitt spearheaded a suffocating defense with nine ground balls and five caused turnovers, to propel the Adrian College men's lacrosse team to a 10-3 comeback victory over Kalamazoo College on Tuesday evening.

= Final Score: Adrian 10, Kalamazoo 3

= Location: Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Partly Cloudy, 66 degrees, Wind ENE 10 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 4-9 overall (2-4 MIAA); Kalamazoo Hornets 4-9 overall (0-6 MIAA)

Davison led all scorers with the four tallies to go along with tying his career-best for ground balls at four.

= Schmitt also scored twice on top of leading all student-athletes in ground balls and caused turnovers (ties career high set versus Alma in 2015).

= Seniors Justin Polischuk (1g, 1a), Matt Scherer (2a), juniors Michael Turner (1g, 1a), Callum Clark (1g, 1a), and freshman Todd Gipson-Goodnough (2a) also had multiple-point games for the Bulldogs.

= Junior Caleb Vanderlugt was 8-for-17 in the face-off "X."

= Senior Brett Farrelly posted four ground balls from the cage, where he made six stops.

Clapton Marquis scored two goals and Brett Fitzgerald equaled him with two points on a goal and an assist.

Nate Silverman had a game-best 13 saves in the cage, plus he had four ground balls.

Zach Morales chipped in three ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Brett Fitzgerald took a feed from Jake Bonifacio to put Kzoo up 1-0 with 13 minutes and 14 seconds left in the opening quarter, and Marquis followed with less than 2 minutes later.

= After a slow start in which it trailed 2-0 and didn't cross midfield until about 5 minutes gone, Adrian reeled off three goals in a 1:29 span to take the lead for good. Davison bookended a pair of goals around a marker by Schmitt that was worthy of a highlight reel play. Schmitt, a long-pole defender, caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball at midfield, then raced down the middle of the field, splitting the Hornets' defense, to get the game-tying goal.

= Sophomore Conor Redden scored what proved to be the game-winner to open the second stanza, giving the Bulldogs a 4-2 advantage.

= The Adrian defense held the Hornets scoreless in the second half, while the offense scored five times in both halves.

= The Bulldogs also enjoyed statistical advantages in shots (45-19), shots on goal (23-9), ground balls (32-19), turnovers (15-26), caused turnovers (9-5), clears (18-21, 18-23) and man-up goals (2-for-5, 0-for-5).

= Farrelly needs two saves to surpass Kevin Lerg (2011-14) for the school's career record of 486.

= Farrelly also leaped over Silverman for fourth place in MIAA saves with 121 this season.

= Davison leads the team with 30 goals and 42 points.

= The Bulldogs lead the all-time series over the Hornets, 2-0. Adrian won 8-3 at Kzoo in 2016.

= The three goals allowed tie a season low and the 15 turnovers are the fewest the Bulldogs have committed this spring.

= Adrian will have its season finale on Saturday at MIAA opponent Alma College, beginning at 1 p.m. Live stats

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