BY: Rory Keown
The 2012 Kennesaw State University Men’s Lacrosse team wrapped up the regular season with a win over arch rival Tennessee Wesleyan College. The two teams squared off last Friday night in a match that seemed like either team could have won.
The game started with a goal by Kennesaw State attack man Tyler Mathews, but Tennessee Wesleyan quickly countered with a goal of their own. Three minutes later and the Bulldogs of Tennessee Wesleyan were up 3-1, and things were not looking good for the Owls.
Tennessee Wesleyan out in front
By the end of the first quarter the owl’s attack man managed to put a fantastic low to high shot into the back of the net, making it a one goal game going into the second quarter. The two teams battle it out on the field during the second quarter each managing to score a few key goals, with the Bulldogs on top 6-4.
When the whistle blew to start the third quarter, the Owl’s face off specialist Alex Gavilla took the ball down and within eight seconds the Owl’s had their first goal of the third quarter making the score 6-5. Near moments after that the Owl’s score again with a quick shot again by Mathews. Just like that the Owls were back in business and the score was tied at six.
Owl’s creep into it
By the end of the quarter the Owls were down by a goal and the score was 8-7. The fourth quarter whistle blew and Kennesaw State’s team defense buckled down, led by senior goalie Andrew Flood who had 20 saves on the night. The defense was able to hold the Bulldog’s talented offense to just two goals in the fourth quarter.
“I knew we had to step up in the situation,” said senior goalie Andrew Flood.
“And that is exactly what my team did and it was huge for us”.
The game was tied in the fourth when senior mid-fielder Andrew Congleton broke through a wall of defenders and shot a behind-the-back shot which beat the Bulldog’s goalie Ryen Owen to give the lead to the owls the lead 10-9.
“I just saw a window of opportunity,” said senior mid fielder Andrew Congleton. “And I took it and it paid off.
The Bulldog’s once again stuck around and put a man up goal in tying the game at 10.
Defense wins championships
With five minutes left in the game and the score tied at 10 the Owls attack man Scott Dockery put the go ahead goal in on a hard over hand bounce shot that caught Owen off guard. For five minutes straight the defense of the Owls play hard shutdown defense, but Tennessee Wesleyan managed to get good hard shots off, one of which was one on one with Flood with 10 seconds left and Flood stood strong stopping the shot and preserving the victory for the owls.
With the win the Owls win streak moves to five in a row, and gives the Owl’s the No. 1 seed heading into the Southeast Lacrosse Playoffs.