MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia Wisconsin opened conference play on Saturday with an impressive 16-4 victory over Beloit. The Falcons got off to a quick start and never looked back, scoring six goals in the first quarter to propel themselves to victory at Fitting Field.
Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 16, Beloit 4
Location: Fitting Field (Mequon, Wis.)
Records:Concordia Wisconsin 3-4, 1-0 MLC; Beloit 3-2, 1-1 MLC
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a few strong possessions to start off the game for the Buccaneers, the Falcons were able to take control and dominate on both sides of the field. Concordia Wisconsin first scored with 11:02 left in the first period from junior Aidan Connolly (Grayslake, Ill.) that catapulted the offense to go on a scoring run, which resulted in a 6-0 lead heading into the second period.
- The Concordia Wisconsin offense didn't stop there, as they went on to score three more goals in the second period to take a 9-1 lead into the second half. The Falcons were led by freshman Keijo Day (Esko, Minn.) in the first half who recorded three goals to help gain the momentum, by fighting his way inside and firing the ball past the Beloit goalkeeper. Concordia Wisconsin went on to outscore the Buccaneers 7-3 in the second half to bring the result to a 16-4 victory.
- The defense was just as dominant as the offense for CUW, as junior Garrett Wohlford (Rochester, Minn.) was able to stonewall 11 shots and recorded a 78.6 save percentage. Concordia Wisconsin also caused 19 turnovers, as the Buccaneers had a hard time getting into a rhythm. The Falcon defense flew to oncoming attackers on their way to picking up 38 ground balls.
- The attackers for Concordia Wisconsin had a great day as Connolly, Day, junior Stephen Gregory (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore Collin Berman (San Marcos, Calif.) all scored two or more goals on the afternoon. Connolly finished with five goals and one assist, as Gregory was not far behind with four goals and two assists. Day finished the afternoon with three goals and Berman chipped in two goals. Senior Paul Fisher (Champlin, Minn.) had a nice day defensively, as he created havoc for the Beloit offense, as he picked up five ground balls and added an assist while creating four turnovers. Sophomore Ben Gramarossa (Smithtown, N.Y.) was fearless in the faceoff circle, giving the Falcons possession multiple times as he picked up 10 ground balls on the day.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- CUW has owned the series as they hold a 4-1 edge over the Beloit. The Falcons were able to avenge their 7-6 loss to the Buccaneers last season by recording their highest margin of victory on the season with 12 points.
- Concordia Wisconsin will host Carthage at 4:00 pm on Tuesday on Fitting Field.