WEST POINT, Ga. (March 11, 2022) – The Webber International University men’s lacrosse team returned to Appalachian Athletic Conference-action on Friday afternoon as it matched up against Point University for the second time this season. In the end, the Warriors would cruise to their second win in conference action and second win over the Skyhawks, 23-7.
The Warriors (7-3 overall, 2-2 AAC) outshot the Skyhawks (0-8, 0-5) heavily in the game, 56-29. Webber was also much more effective from the spot, winning 29 of the 33 face offs in the game while also outnumbering Point in ground balls 35-14.
Exactly one minute into the game, Dave Becker would receive a pass from Chase Jackson and fire home the first goal of the game for the Warriors. Less than a minute later, Jackson would assist another goal, this time to Jonathan Schrager to gift Webber an early 2-0 lead. A solo goal from the Skyhawks 50 seconds later would get them on the board and cut the lead in half. The Warriors would score five-straight goals over the remaining 12 minutes of the first quarter to jump out to an early 7-1 lead. The goals were score by Connor Herring, followed by Schrager’s second of the game, Houston Finlayson, Hunter Scott, and Jackson. It would be Scott’s first goal of the season as well.
The second quarter would prove to be the highest scoring from both sides. First, a goal from Alexander Kew just over a minute into the second quarter would be replied with another goal from Point. The Warriors would then score three goals over the next two minutes and 38 seconds including goals from Alex West, Dillon Ziemba and Cade Bullard. Point would score its third goal of the game before the Warriors would go on to score four-straight again, two of which came by way of Daniel McClure, extending their lead even further.
The Warriors would score five more in the third quarter, three from Zachary McCarthy and two from Jackson which gave the pair of them a hat-trick for the game. Webber would hold a 20-5 lead heading into the final quarter where it would tack on three more. First, a goal from Schrager that would earn him his first collegiate hat-trick, followed by goals from Philip Scopano and Mark Valentino.
Webber was led by Jackson who ended his day with seven points after scoring three goals and setting up four. Herring, Kew, and McClure all finished with two goals and two assists, good for a total of four points each. Schrager and McCarthy both ended the day with three goals and their first hat-tricks of the season. Scott was dominant on face off duty winning 18 of his 20 face off attempts and tallying 13 ground balls in the process. He was followed by Ziemba who had 3 ground balls and two caused turnovers. However, it was Valentino who would lead the team in caused turnovers with three while also picking up one ground ball to go with his one goal scored. Ryan Prylinski would spend all 60 minutes in the cage for Webber, collecting 12 saves along the way.
Next up, the Warriors will face the University of Michigan-Dearborn in a non-conference matchup on Friday, March 18, at 9 p.m. in Beverly Hills, Michigan at the Detroit Country Day Field House. Webber then travels to face two more Michigan teams starting with Madonna University on March 20 at 1 p.m. followed by Cleary University on the following day at 1 p.m. as well.