May 3, 2014

Aurora Doubles Up on Midwest Championships

from press release

AURORA, Ill. - The 2014 Midwest Lacrosse Conference Tournament Championship on a beautiful day at Aurora University's Vago Field was the scene of a tremendous men's lacrosse match-up between the AU Spartans and the Carthage College Red Men with AU standing tall in the end with a 9-6 win.

The win is the Spartans second MLC Championship in as many years and a return trip to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships is now on the schedule.

Carthage came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter taking an early lead on a goal from Billy Lane which was followed up by a John Salerno goal. With 8:16 to play in the first, AU uncharistically trailed 2-0.

The experienced Spartans turned to two of their top performers on 2014 to answer the deficit as junior Max Obriecht found senior Jack Barry to cut the lead in half at 2-1.

After a Carthage goal pushed the lead back to two for the Red Men, Obriecht started a 3-0 AU run in the first quarter that extended into the second. Obriecht scored with 2:02 remaining and just 17 seconds later, sophomore Alex Gebben beat Carthage goalkeeper Ryan Smith to tie the game 3-3.

As the second quarter started, Barry tallied his second goal of the contest to give the Spartans their first lead with 13:47 to play.

The Red Men would tie the game less than two minutes later with a man-up goal from Danny Morse.

With the first half clock winding down, Obriecht another assist, finding freshman Jason Koziol who buried the shot with 6 seconds to play and giving the Spartans a 5-4 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Carthage tied the game up mid-way through and the Spartans beat the clock again to regain the lead. This time with nine seconds to go, Justin Bose fed Gebben for his second goal of the game and a 6-5 lead after three quarters.

As had been the case throughout the contest, the game remained close and Carthage tied the score again at 6-6 midway through the final quarter.

This goal and the Red Men celebration after seemed to awaken the Spartans. Over the next four minutes the Spartans scored three goals to take and seal the lead. One minute after the tying goal, Gebben notched his hat-trick with the eventual game winning goal.

Jack Barry went to the highlight reel for the next goal, taking a pass from junior Danny Loyall and going behind his back to beat Smith for the 8-6 lead. The goal was Barry's third of the day but he was not finished. With 3:15 to play, he tallied his fourth goal of the game, ripping a shot past Smith with an assist going to Obriecht, his third of the day.

Spartan goalkeeper Adam Holka had 10 saves in the winning effort.

With the win, AU advances to the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championships. The Spartans will find out the opponent in the first round of the NCAA Championships at the NCAA selection show announcement on Sunday, May 4 at 9:00 p.m. Aurora time at NCAA.com Aurora University
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