Dayton, Ohio – The Wolverines returned to Grove City College on Saturday, March 12th, following two big wins over ranked MCLA D-II opponents. Grove City defeated #19 Missouri Baptist by a score of 11-10 on Friday, March 11th, on a last-minute goal by midfielder Tim Irwin (#26), then turned around and beat #17 Tennessee Wesleyan 12-8 on Saturday.
#3 Kellen Quackenbush led the offensive charge for the Wolverines on Friday night, with 4 first-half goals against Missouri Baptist. Grove City trailed 3-2 at the end of the first quarter, then came back to take the lead 5-4 late in the second quarter. Grove City led by two goals for most of the second half, but a late rush by the Spartans tied the game at 10.
At the 1:45 mark, Missouri Baptist committed a crucial penalty, and Grove City capitalized with Irwin’s winning goal with 1:05 remaining in the game. Missouri Baptist had the ball and called at timeout with 0:35 left, but the Wolverine defense stood strong, closing out the Grove City College victory. Irwin contributed his second hat trick of the season, #40 Ryan Althausen had two goals, and #24 Jon Althausen and #13 Gray MacKenzie each scored a goal to round out the goal-scoring for Grove City; freshman attacker, #5 Ryan Cypher, had two assists in the contest.
After a short night’s sleep, Grove City College faced off against Tennessee Wesleyan College at 11:30am on Saturday morning.Senior Captain Jon Althausen led the Wolverines with 5 points via his first hat trick of the year and 2 assists. Cypher stepped up with 4 goals, Quackenbush added 2 more, and Irwin, Ryan Althausen, and Luke Stoltzfus each contributed a goal for Grove City. Ryan Althausen had 2 assists and Irwin added one. Defensively, #44 Bill Sigmund held former All-American attackman Ryan Horvath to zero goals, #7 Jordan Markley was a consistent ground-ball machine, and #6 Mike McDonald and LSM #2 Matt Erdley led the strong defensive efforts in front of Grove City’s captain and senior netminder, #47 Andrew Dymski, who made 13 saves for the Wolverines.
Undisciplined play from Missouri Baptist and Tennessee Wesleyan led to many man-up opportunities for Grove City College, and the Wolverines’ discipline, self-control, and ability to capitalize on extra-man opportunities played a key role in their success.
Grove City will return to Dayton, Ohio on Saturday, March 19th to play the third-ranked Dayton Flyers. Dayton comes into the game with a record of 4-1, hot off of an 18-6 defeat of Tennessee Wesleyan and a 16-9 victory over Missouri Baptist. Grove City College is currently 2-1, but the Dayton-Grove City contest will be the first conference match for both programs.
You can get in-game updates on the Grove City College Lacrosse @ University of Dayton game via the Grove City Lacrosse Twitter account and through the CollegeLax game report page. You can find more photos from the game on the GCC vs. TWC Picasa Album