Conway, Ark. - The Alma College men's lacrosse team fell for the first time this season, suffering an 8-7 setback to Hendrix College on Wednesday (March 1) night in the final game of a season-opening three-game road trip. Alma (2-1 overall) the game's final three goals as part of a comeback attempt, but could not overcome the host Warriors.
Alma surrendered the game's first two goals and found itself down 4-2 at the half. After trading goals in the third quarter, Nycz scored with a man up early in the fourth stanza to cut the lead to one goal at 5-4, but Hendrix responded with three markers in just over two minutes to build an 8-4 advantage with 10:03 remaining.
The Scots continued to apply pressure, starting with a goal by freshman Connor Alley (Powell, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) on an extra-man opportunity. Freshman Tom Needham (Saline, Mich./Saline) scored with 4:24 to play to make the score 8-6, while Ellens found the net just over a minute later to pull within on.
Alma had a scoring chance with less than a minute to play when freshman Chase Hunyadi's (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) shot on net was stopped by Hendrix goalie Christian Wheeler.
The Warriors finished the game outshooting the Scots by a 47-28 margin, while freshman goalie Hank Wickley (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) made 19 saves in his first collegiate start. Senior Ben Luzar (Midland, Mich./Midland) and sophomore Adam Cousineau (Canton, Mich./Salem) led the Alma defense with five ground balls each, while Cousineau registered six caused turnovers.
"It was a tough loss on the road tonight, and we had way too many turnovers but we will work to clean that up," Head Coach Michael Kinney said. "I couldn't be more proud of our freshman Hank Wickley who stepped into the cage tonight did a stellar job for us. Our young guys continue to develop and while this one hurts we know that we will get better from it."
The Scots will return to Alma to open the home portion of the 2017 campaign on Saturday, March 3, hosting Elmhurst College (IL) at Bahlke Field. The opening face off is slated for 2:00 p.m.