Carnegie Mellon lacrosse had 1–1 record last week
The Carnegie Mellon men’s club lacrosse team played two games last week. The first was against the John Carroll University Blue Streaks in University Heights, Ohio. The Tartans fell in this game with a close score of 9–8.
This game was tightly contested with strong defensive efforts from both teams. The Tartans’ junior goalie Spencer Rice posted an impressive 47.1 save percentage, but his number was bested by the Blue Streaks’ goalie’s save percentage of 61.9 percent. Sophomore midfielder Spencer Lehr led the Tartans’ offense with four goals.
The team also competed against the Walsh University Cavaliers last Saturday at Gesling Stadium. The closely fought match ended with a Tartan defeat, losing with a score of 20–15. The Tartans are now 1–4 overall, 0–3 in conference.
The Tartans’ lacrosse team lacked defense in this match, giving up 20 goals. Prior to the game against Walsh University, their season high for goals allowed was 13. The game raised their season average of goals against from eight to 10.4.
Carnegie Mellon’s offense was strong throughout the match. Although they lost, the Tartans put 15 past the Cavaliers’ goalie, matching their season high. This offensive frenzy contrasts the strong defensive game earlier in the week.
“We played well. We were up against a solid team with a very strong offense,” said junior midfielder Jimmy Komianos, who scored one goal on Saturday. “For our upcoming road trip, we can improve on keeping the game speed up throughout the entire game, as we got a bit complacent in the second quarter and we fell behind.”
The Carnegie Mellon men’s club lacrosse team is led by head coach Andrew Dickson, who has been in the position since 2007. The team’s assistant coach is Robert Heaps. As part of the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association, the club lacrosse team plays under the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) subdivision. All the rules of the MCLA are in line with those set forth by the NCAA. The team practices once or twice a week on either the soccer field or at Gesling Stadium.
The Tartans will be back on the field this Friday against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (4–3, 1–1) in Connecticut. This game will be the first of a five-game road trip before the Tartans return home for their final game of the season against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers.