Marian University men’s lacrosse (1-1, 0-0 NACC) used a big third quarter to defeat Northwestern (Minn.) 16-14 in their home opener.
The Sabres and Eagles traded goals in the opening quarter with junior Erik Horman scoring with just one second left to put the game at 2-2 after 15 minutes. The Sabres scored the first four goals of the second quarter to go ahead 6-2 and capped the run off with a man-down goal from junior Trevor Propeck. UNW was able to bounce back, however, scoring five of the final six goals in the quarter, two with a man-advantage, to put the game at a 7-7 stalemate going into halftime.
The third quarter was all Sabres as sophomore Cameron Nevins was able to stop all seven shots he faced in the quarter to shut out UNW. Junior Colt Robertson scored two goals with an assist in the quarter as the Sabres scored five goals and took a 12-7 advantage going into the final quarter.
Northwestern (Minn.) was able to open the final stanza with a 6-2 spurt that put the Eagles down by only one goal at 14-13 with 7:01 left to play. The Sabres would score a pair of goals to rebuild their cushion, however, and were able to hold off the Eagle rally.
The Sabres were outshot 34-26 in the game with Nevins making 20 stops in goal to earn the victory. Robertson paced the offense with five goals and three assists, while junior Finn Maloney scored four goals. On the defensive end, senior Marcus Fosdick forced three turnovers and fellow senior Tommy Gerlach had eight ground balls.
Marian only had a man-advantage three times in the game but were able to score twice. The man-down defense for the Sabres had a strong showing only allowing four goals on 13 opportunities.
Marian remains at home to take on Dubuque Sunday, March 14 for a 5 p.m. non-conference game.