MEQUON, Wis. – Carthage College took over in the second half on Wednesday afternoon at Fitting Field and earned a 10-5 victory over Concordia University Wisconsin in a semifinal matchup during the Midwest Lacrosse Conference Tournament.
The Red Men outscored the Falcons 8-1 over the final 36 minutes and 13 seconds of play and finished with a commanding lead in shots (36-19) and faceoffs (13-of-19). CUW responded from a 0-2 deficit just over two minutes into the game with a 4-0 scoring run, but things stalled then after.
CC (15-5) quickly jumped in front with goals from Jared Ferrell and Timothy Francis with two minutes and 22 seconds elapsed off the clock. CUW answered with four unanswered markers, including its only man-up tally by junior Derek Brueske (Hopkins, Minn.) to get the runs started.
The Falcons surrendered a goal with 2:34 before the half and eventually took a 4-3 advantage into the intermission. They hadn't lost a game all season when leading at the break, but the Red Men ended that streak.
CC's Jack Meachum led all players with three goals and two assists. John Salerno and Tanner Thomas each had two goals for the Red Men, while Ryan Smith made 10 saves in net.
CUW (14-4) was led by freshman Colin Raley (Inverness, Ill.) who had a career-high-tying two assists, while senior Danny Dahms (Calgary, Alberta) had a goal and assist. Sophomore Patrick Leen (Park Ridge, Ill.) picked up a career-high-tying three ground balls and a trio of Falcons caused a pair of turnovers. Sophomore goaltender Thomas Mueller (Prior Lake, Minn.) recorded 12 saves and four ground balls.
The Falcons set 15 single season team program records, while 11 individual single season records were also set. CUW ended the year with a program record 14 victories, nine win in MLC play and nine home victories. For a complete look at all the records set throughout the season, click here.