Salt Lake City, Utah – The high of a massive, season-opening victory crashed on Saturday afternoon for the 15th-ranked Lynn University men's lacrosse team as the Fighting Knights suffered a 10-5 nonconference setback to Colorado Mesa University on the campus of Westminster College in Utah.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Colorado Mesa 10, Lynn 5
Records: CMU (3-2), #15 Lynn (1-1)
Location: Dumke Field | Salt Lake City, Utah
All-time Series: CMU leads 2-0
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- The Fighting Knights struck first, scoring seven minutes into the game but Lynn would tally just three goals through the first three quarters as CMU slowly pulled away.
- Jared Chaloux made his first appearance of the season coming off an injury, burying two goals on three shots.
- Noah Kellner, Keegan Maxwell and Caleb Wells tallied Lynn's final three goals with Wells and Mikey Urso recording the squad's only assists in the game.
- Collin McClelland played all 60 minutes in the cage, logging 15 saves on 25 shots.
- Dryden Brous took all 19 faceoffs for the Blue and White, winning 13, and picked up a game-high 11 ground balls.
- Greg Morissette played well on defense, recording four ground balls and a caused turnover. Fellow starting defensemen Ian Magnan added another three ground balls.
- CMU was led offensively by Jack Griffin's five-point outing (4G, 1A).
- The Fighting Knights were out-shot 42-29.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Coming into today's game, Lynn has been held to under 29 shots just three times in the past four seasons. All three occasions happened against Tampa.
- Lynn hosted Colorado Mesa back in 2014 during the Fighting Knights' inaugural season with the Mavericks winning 18-7. This was the first lacrosse game ever held at Lynn's Bobby Campbell Stadium.
- Chaloux logged the first multi-goal game of his career. Kellner picked up the first score of his collegiate career.
- McClelland's 15 stops are one shy of his career high.
- Lynn is ranked No. 15 in the USILA National Poll and No. 9 by US Lacrosse Magazine this week.
- CMU was ranked No. 10 in the USILA Preseason Poll but quickly dropped out due to an early-season loss. They have been just outside, receiving votes in the three weeks since.
- Last season, the Mavericks posted a 17-3 record, won their conference for the third straight year, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
- CMU beat Notre Dame De Namur 30-5 earlier this season.
The Fighting Knights remain in Utah to take on Westminster College at 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 5.