Men’s lax team seeks conference success
The Bees entered the final month of the regular season looking to finish things out on a high note before entering their conference tournament. The Bees came through and capped off their regular season finishing 13-0 and entered the conference tournament as the 1st seed.
The Bees started off hot with a 17-2 win over Missouri Valley College. The offense was firing on all cylinders and the defense locked down the opposing offense.
Midfielders Sam Kerr and Isiah Hahn lead the way with 3 goals and long stick midfielder Hayden Latham had 2. Defensively, all 3 goalies who played had a great day and defenseman Dylan Witt stood out with 3 caused turnovers.
The Bees then faced off on their senior night against The University of Saint Mary’s. The Bee’s once again came out on fire and didn’t look back. Offensively, Sam Kerr had 4 goals and Christian Dimanno had 2.
Sophomore Defenseman Ben Blankenship. Photo courtesy of SAU Men’s Lacrosse
On the defensive side, senior goalie Johnny Moran got the start and had a spectacular outing. Senior defenseman Chris Thomas had 5 caused turnovers. The Bees won 14-1.
“It was pretty cool, we have this no nonsense attitude and I really think it showed especially in that senior night game,” Thomas said. “We could have been caught up in the moment trying to get ‘ours,’ but we worked as a team and left with a quality win.”
The next game had the Bees travel to Nebreska for a mid-afternoon Sunday matchup against Midland University.
The Bees wasted no time getting after it, scoring in the first 8 seconds of the game. After that, they kept their foot on the pedal until there was no time left on the clock.
Sam Kerr and Michael Keating both had 3 goals for the Bees and Isiah Hahn and Cole Danner both finished the day with 2 assists. The defense had another lock down performance allowing them to finish with a 13-3 victory.
Sophomore Attackman Makaile Shaddix. Photo courtesy of SAU Men’s Lacrosse
To finish off their regular season, the Bees traveled to Clarke university on a rainy Tuesday night. The Bees were a bit slow to start this one off and went into half with a 7-4 lead. Coming out of the half, the Bees went on a 13-0 run. To finish the game off, the Bees put in another 4 to give them the 24-7 win.
Michael Shakerin led the way with 5 goals and 2 assists. Christian Dimaano was right behind him with 4 goals and 4 assists. The stand out player of the evening was face off specialist Hunter Northway who went 31-32 on faceoffs.
“I sort of just got into a rhythm and I didn’t look back,” Northway recalled. “I just started winning them with ease, it had a very natural flow so I didn’t think about changing my method until it stopped working. Thankfully I didn’t have to worry about that.”
The Bees look to take this momentum into the conference tournament, and then the national tournament in May.