Coming off back-to-back losses, the John Carroll University men’s lacrosse team responded on Saturday, April 9, defeating Wilmington College, 18-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener for the Blue Streaks.
JCU wasted no time in getting to work against Wilmington, outscoring the Fighting Quakers 5-0 in the first quarter.
After a nearly perfect start by the Blue Streaks, the Fighting Quakers finally got on the board with just over eight minutes left in half, to cut the JCU lead to 5-1. The Blue Streaks immediately responded, though, as sophomore Collin Rice netted a shot just 34 seconds later to bring JCU’s lead back up to five.
Junior Michael Hubert and sophomore Connor Pike followed with goals of their own to bring JCU’s lead to 8-1 before Wilmington added a second goal with three minutes left in the half. The Blue Streaks held an 8-2 lead at the break.
The second half was all JCU, as the Blue Streaks outscored the Fighting Quakers 10-2 in the final two quarters, extending their lead to as much as 12 goals at one point. Junior Stephen Leous led the way for JCU with four goals in the game, followed by fellow junior Declan O’Grady who added three of his own.
The 18 goals scored was the highest scoring output of the year for JCU and most since they scored 20 on April 11, 2015 against Wilmington.
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University men’s lacrosse team returned to action on Wednesday, April 13 against the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Head to jcusports.com for a full game recap and box score.