CONWAY, Ark. – Marian University men’s lacrosse (0-1, 0-0 MLC) scored seven goals on just 11 shots on goal as the Sabres opened their inaugural season at Hendrix.
The Warriors were able to jump on the young Sabres early scoring the first 11 goals of the game but the Sabres were able to bounce back with a strong finish to the second quarter. Freshman Connor Houlihan was able to go down in history as the first Sabre to score a goal with 2:44 left in the second quarter.
Marian continued to use that momentum as they were able to score the first four goals of the third quarter. Freshman Nick Klotz scored the first three goals with his second goal coming a man-up with an assist to fellow freshman Jeremy Eisele. Freshman Garrett Houlihan scored the final goal as the Sabres cut the deficit down to 11-5.
Hendrix bounced back, however, scoring a pair of goals in the final minutes of the quarter to re-extend the lead back out to eight. G. Houlihan scored the first two goals of the final quarter as Marian was able to cut their deficit down to as little as six before Hendrix closed out the game scoring the final six goals of the game
G. Houlihan and Klotz each led Marian with three goals apiece off of a combined eight shots on goal. Freshman Gavin Taquino faced 34 shots in goal for the Sabres making 15 saves for a 44.1-percent save percentage.
The Sabres were also able to scoop up 11 ground balls in the loss led by freshman Tommy Gerlach who recorded four ground balls.
Marian will next travel to Dallas for a 1 p.m. start time Sunday, February 18 as the Sabres continue their trip down south.