April 21, 2012
For Immediate Release
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The 16th ranked Indiana Tech men’s lacrosse team fell just short in their upset bid of No. 5 Davenport University on Saturday as the Panthers held on for the 16-14 victory.
The Warriors dropped to 8-7 on the year while Davenport improved to 11-4.
After the Panthers jumped on top 3-0 six minutes into the game, junior Brent Nichter (Ft. Wayne, IN/Bishop Luers) led the Warriors on a 4-0 scoring run with three goals to take a 4-3 lead at the end the first quarter.
Sophomore Alex Kueck (Franklin, MI/Birmingham Groves) put Tech on top 5-3 with an early second quarter goal. However, Davenport scored six of the next seven goals to take a 9-6 advantage into halftime.
Davenport piled on two more goals at the beginning of the third quarter to take their largest lead of the game, 11-6.
Another 4-0 run by Tech got the Warriors within one, 11-10, with 13:54 remaining in the game.
Later in the quarter, Tech capitalized on a man-up opportunity when junior Craig Schaepkens (Davison, MI/Davison) found the back of the net to tie the game 13-13 with 7:16 on the clock.
The Panthers answered with two straight goals to retake the lead before junior Tony Cremeens (St. Charles, MO/Hazelwood) slotted one past the DU netminder with 3:40 to go to narrow the deficit to just one, 15-14.
Following a clutch save from sophomore goalie Tony Loftus (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern), junior Josh Ambrose (Brooklyn Park, MN/Armstrong) had a chance to tie the game but was stopped by the Davenport keeper. Just over a minute later, the Panthers tacked on another goal to take a two score lead with 0:42 remaining and would hold on for the win.
Nichter scored a career-high six goals, added one assist, and picked up eight groundballs to lead the Warriors. Schaepkens followed with three goals and two assists while Ambrose also dished out two assists. Adam Macciomei (Davison, MI/Davison) and Collin Hoffman (Caledonia, MI/Caledonia) grabbed five groundballs each. Loftus finished with eight saves on the day.
Indiana Tech will be back in action on Saturday, April 28 when they welcome Hope College to Warrior Field for a CCLA Quarterfinal matchup with the Flying Dutchmen beginning at 5 p.m. The Warriors were defeated by Hope in last year’s quarterfinal match 19-17 and fell on the road to the Flying Dutchmen 13-11 earlier this season.
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