Win number two is in the books for the men’s lacrosse team. A fairly packed grandstand witnessed the Spartans (2-0) cruise to a 14-8 victory over unranked Tusculum College (0-2) on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.
UT, ranked no. 4 in the nation, used its high powered offense to score quickly and frequently. Junior Chris Vetter opened up the scoring two minutes into the game with an unassisted, even strength goal. Sophomore offensive captain Conor Whipple piled on two more goals in the first half, giving the team a five point lead at the break.
The team truly ignited, however, in the third quarter. The Spartans netted five goals in the span of about ten minutes, scoring at will on Tusculum’s porous defense. Using speed and pinpoint passing, Whipple led the offense down the field, tacking on two assists and another goal in the process. Though quickness and precision were the two key ingredients to their victory, hustle won them the battle up front. At one point, Whipple fell down, lost his stick and still managed to recover in time to scoop up the ball and flip it into the net. Also scoring for the Spartans was senior midfielders Bobby Calhoun (1) and Nick Ferreiro (1), senior attacker Zak Goldbach (3), junior midfielders Matt Bilak (1) and Andrew Mehr, (1), sophomore Sean Giampietro (1) and Chris Vetter (3).
Tusculum made a final push at the end, narrowing the score to 14-8, but simply ran out of time as their momentum was peaking.
The Spartans take on top-ranked rival Limestone at the Naimoli Athletic Complex Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.
Griffin Guinta can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org