St. PAUL, Minn. – Marian University men’s lacrosse (3-7, 0-2 MLC) bounced back after a pair of one-goal losses to defeat the University of Northwestern 11-8 in non-conference action.
After the Eagles opened the scoring, Marian bounced back to score six of the next seven goals as they opened up a 6-2 lead. Landen Macco opened the scoring for Marian, with an assist to Jeremy Eisele, before goals from Klotz and Eisele closed out the first quarter with the Sabres ahead 3-1. Klotz then found the back of the net to open the second quarter, assist to Connor Houlihan. Northwestern cut the deficit down to 4-2 following the second Klotz goal, but Klotz went back to work scoring a pair of goals to put MU ahead 6-2 with 8:00 remaining until halftime. C. Houlihan assisted the first goal, while his brother Garrett Houlihan assisted the second.
Northwestern was able to build momentum going into halftime netting a pair of goals before the break to cut the Marian lead down to 6-4. A strong start to the third quarter, however, allowed the Sabres to build on their lead. Macco found the back of the net with an assist to Klotz to start before G. Houlihan gave Marian an 8-4 lead. Similarly to the end of the second quarter, Northwestern was able to answer with a pair of goals to cut into the Sabre lead at 8-6 heading to the final stanza.
G. Houlihan was able to put away any thoughts of an Eagle comeback, however, netting three goals in the fourth quarter. Klotz assisted on all three goals, while Northwestern netted a pair to set the final at 11-8.
The Sabres closed out the game with a 36-24 advantage in shots including a 12-5 margin in the fourth quarter. For the first time this season, the Sabres were also able to earn a victory despite not scoring a man-up goal.
Klotz finished the game with eight points scoring four goals and assisting another four, while G. Houlihan also scored four goals with one assist. In goal, Gavin Taquino (2-7) made four saves on 12 shots to earn the win. Rob Wilson had another strong game in the faceoff circle for the Sabres winning 17 of the 22 draws he took.
Defensively, Tommy Gerlach led the Sabres with five ground balls, while also causing a pair of turnovers. G. Houlihan also closed out the game with two caused turnovers.
Marian returns to MLC play when they travel to Benedictine for a 7 p.m. start Wednesday, March 28.