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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:40 am

Indiana Tech men's lacrosse loses to Madonna


The No. 3-ranked Indiana Tech men’s lacrosse team lost for the first time this season, falling to No. 2-ranked Madonna, 10-9, on Wednesday in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play at Warrior Athletic Field.

The Crusaders scored two goals in the first five minutes. Noah Puckett cut the deficit in half with 5:35 to go in the first before the Warriors outscored the visitors 5-0 in the second to take a 6-2 halftime lead. Brayden Givens started the scoring at 13:38 in the period while Will McKinney put the hosts ahead for the first time at the 12:30 mark.

Brandon Gates put Tech up 7-2 48 seconds into the third period, but Madonna stormed back with five straight goals to tie the game at 7 with 4:18 to play in the quarter. McKinney made it 9-7 with 9:37 to play in the game with his third goal of the contest, but the Crusaders rallied for three goals in the final 6:16, with the final tally coming at the 2:17 mark to give the Warriors their first loss of the year.

McKinney recorded a game-high five points with three goals and two assists while grabbing eight ground balls. Puckett, Childs and Neller all had six ground balls with Childs causing three turnovers. Evan Shuster made 17 saves in the cage while suffering his first collegiate loss.

Tech (11-1, 5-1 WHAC) concludes the regular season Saturday as it travels to the University of Michigan-Dearborn for an 8 p.m. face-off.