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Strong second half fuels upset victory

March 29th, 2007

John Carroll University men’s lacrosse came back from four goals to produce the biggest win for the JCU men’s program this season.

JCU played three games over the weekend, ending with a 1-2 record after playing Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University and Slippery Rock University.

After dropping their first game 15-4 against OSU Saturday morning, John Carroll bounced back with a strong performance against BGSU on Saturday night.

After a slow start JCU trailed BGSU 6-2 at the end of the first half. However, JCU would come out in the second half and only allow one goal while going on a five goal tear.

The strong defensive effort from the Blue Streaks was crucial in the victory. Particularly the strong play they received from senior goaltender Chris Geraghty who recorded 14 saves.

JCU’s offensive explosion was led by junior Chris Hooton who had three goals in the win. JCU also recieved scoring from junior Eric Gooch and seniors Dan Garbes, Paul Bender and Eric Schmidt. The win was the first against BGSU in seven years.

Sunday would be more of the same for JCU. Slippery Rock would jump out to a 7-1 lead by the end of the first half.

Like the night before JCU would buckle down defensively in the second half, allowing them an opportunity to crawl withing three goals, but that is as close as JCU would get and Slippery Rock would go on to win 11-7.

“We were hurt by penalties late in the game against Slippery Rock,” coach Bill Schmoldt said.

The victory over BGSU this weekend has put JCU in a good playoff position.

“The win over BGSU will give us something to build on the rest of the season,’ Schmoldt said.

JCU will be one step closer to the playoffs if they beat Youngstown State University Saturday. Tomorrow they face Penn State Behrend at 6 p.m. Saturday’s game against YSU begins at 2 p.m.