By DAVID HOY/Montana State News
The MSU Lacrosse program has flown under the radar in Bozeman since its start nearly 10 years ago, but this year they are showing the community and every team they defeat exactly what they are made of.
The MSU Lacrosse team finished the regular season strong, beating three conference rivals. The three games included a 12-8 victory on Friday over the University of Montana, an 18-2 win Saturday against Regis University, and a 28-0 obliteration of Central Washington on Sunday.
The battle against the Griz took place in Bobcat Stadium Friday afternoon in front of a large, rowdy crowd. The other weekend games took place at the intramural fields by MSU’s Roskie Hall with a mixture of students, parents and local kids associated with the Gallatin Valley Lacrosse League in the crowd.
The Cats were up by three goals in the first quarter against the Grizzlies, but went on to lose the lead in the second quarter. Coming back in the second half, the Cats regained the lead and held it until the end. Josh Stevens had another noteworthy performance in the cage with 12 saves. Matt “Jersey” Richards finished the game as leading scorer for the Cats with four goals and one assist.
Attackman Ben Heisey said, “It feels good to beat the Griz twice in one year, but last weekend is over and we have a huge road trip to Colorado this upcoming weekend with division title implications that our team is focused on.”
Fourth-year player Pat Hoy added, “Friday the 13th was a bad day for the Griz, going 0-2 to the Cats for the season.”
After completing the season sweep of the Grizzlies, MSU lacrosse turned their focus to Regis University, from Denver, Colo.. After scoring the game’s initial goal, Regis’ hope for victory rapidly diminished.
Edited by Haley Anderson.