HANOVER, Ind. – The Albion College men's lacrosse team thumped Hanover College, 17-4 on Sunday, Mar. 8 at Alumni Stadium. For the Britons (4-2, 0-0), this the best program start since the 2015 season.
Senior Scott Shepard got the Britons on the board early with an assist from junior Collin Bowers. Then, freshman Michael Talton netted the first collegiate goal of his career at the 7:33 mark to make it 2-0. Shepard found the back of the net once again minutes later for lucky goal no. 13 of his senior campaign with an assist from sophomore Gerald Haadsma. Bowers would strike as well for the Purple and Gold to build a 4-0 lead. After a score from the Panthers, the Britons responded with a 3-0 run with goals from sophomores Jace Conley and Grant Chaffee and Shepard. For Chaffee, his goal with 0:28 left in the quarter is the first score of his collegiate career.
Sophomore defender Bear Nelson grabbed his first-ever assist to freshman Sam Puzevic in the opening minutes of the second quarter to keep the momentum going. Following the Puzevic goal, Albion finished the second quarter netting four more scores (three from Conley, one from Shepard) to close the half with a 12-1 advantage.
Nelson continued to do work on both sides of the field, finding Shepard for his fifth goal of the game. Not happy with five goals, Shepard sent a rocket into the upper right-hand corner for the double hat-trick near the end of the third quarter. Puzevic grabbed his second goal of the game at the 12:08 mark thanks to a dish from Conley to make it a 16-2 game. Talton would find the back of the net again in the closing minutes as the Britons earned the victory, 17-4.
Shepard paced the team in goals with six and added an assist for seven total points on the afternoon. Conley finished the day with four goals, one assist, and one groundball. Talton entered the game having no points and left Hanover with his his first-ever multi-point game with two goals and one assist. Nelson kept busy having earned two assists, two groundballs, and a pair of caused turnovers. Sophomore defender Joey Tatar caused two turnovers as well to go along with four groundballs. Sophomore Fernando Robison dominated the faceoff dot winning 19-of-20 (95%) and scooping up 16 groundballs. Senior Trevor McManus earned the W making seven saves on nine shots for a save percentage of 77.7%.
The Britons went 14-for-18 (77.7%) in the clear, the team's best performance of the season thus far. Additionally, the Purple and Gold peppered the Panthers with 50 shots while also winning the groundball battles, 43-to-22.
Albion will continue its road journey as they take on Kenyon College on Saturday, Mar. 14 at 12:30 p.m.
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Joe and Julie Serra have given a $5 million leadership gift to launch a fundraising initiative to make two dreams a reality at Albion College. The first is a newly expanded fitness and student activity facility at the site of the current Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. The second is a new or renovated competition facility for the volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball teams that currently call Kresge Gymnasium home.
The College is continuing to raise funds in support of both projects. To learn more, call 517/629-0446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org