ASHLAND, Ore. – The University of Nevada Men’s lacrosse team put an end to the Raider’s undefeated record Sunday, Mar. 2, at the Southern Oregon University practice field with a 3-7 victory. The Wolfpack scored the first goal, and kept the lead for the duration of the game.
Junior AJ Chase got the Raiders on the board with a goal in the first quarter. Sophomore goalie Connor Kelley held his own with a few nice saves, but Nevada was able to get two in the opening quarter. Senior Tom Halley assisted Chase for another goal in the second quarter, ending the half with a 2-3 Nevada lead.
The Raiders didn’t manage to score in the third quarter, with the Wolfpack putting one more past them. Chase took a fairly decent hit in the third, but walked off the field with spectator’s applause.
With five saves by Kelley in the final quarter, it wasn’t quite enough to hold Nevada down. Halley scored for the Raiders, but three more Nevada goals led to an upsetting final of 3-7.
Nevada’s aggressive offense and confident shooting got the best of the Raiders. Coming off an exhausting and impressive win vs. University California-Santa Cruz on Saturday, SOU men may not have been as focused.
“We played our hearts out, but also need to talk a little bit more on defense. We didn’t run a lot of set (offensive) plays, so that was kind of our weak side,” Freshman Harley Humphrey said.
The Wolfpack was fresh off a big win over Division I University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The Raider’s loss puts them at 4-1 overall, with no division games played thus far. Their first division play, and next game, is at University of Portland on Saturday, Mar. 8, at 1 p.m.