Alma, Mich. - The Alma College men's lacrosse team scored eight unanswered goals, including four in the fourth quarter, as the Scots posted a 10-9 come-from-behind win over Elmhurst College (IL) at Bahlke Field. Alma has now won seven straight games at Bahlke Field.
Junior Daniel Buchy (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) scored four goals for his third hat trick of the season, while junior Austen Irrer (Midland, Mich./Midland) added a pair to lead Alma, which improved its record to 3-1 overall. Irrer, who had his sophomore season cut short due to injury, was playing his second game of the year after returning to the lineup against Hendrix on Wednesday (March 1).
Sophomore Jared Nycz (Elma, N.Y./Iriquois) tallied a pair of assists and registered his 100th career point in the game, becoming one of only three Scots in the history of the program to reach the 100-point mark. In 22 career games, Nycz has scored 44 goals and registered a school-record 57 assists for 101 points.
Alma found itself down, 8-2, midway through the third quarter before the offense heated up. Irrer began the scoring with 6:33 left in the stanza, Buchy scored twice in 14 seconds, and junior Bryce Bohrmann (Grand Rapids, Much./Pennfield) found the net on the man advantage with 40 seconds left in the third to cut the deficit to two goals at 8-6.
In the fourth quarter, Irrer scored 37 seconds into the frame to pull Alma within one goal before Buchy tied the game at 8-8 with 6:09 to play. Sophomore Jake Ellens (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) put the Scots ahead with 4:17, finishing off a shot after receiving the ball from Nycz.
Sophomore Jonathan Durga (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) added to Alma's lead with 2:44 remaining, scoring what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
Elmhurst ended the 8-0 run by Alma with 1:09 left in the game when Matt Westhaver scored his third goal of the game to get the Bluejays within one.
"We knew after the Hendrix game we could be explosive when we needed to be," Head Coach Michael Kinney said. "Today we came back from being down by way too many goals and because Austen Irrer stepped on the field we became a different team instantly. It's great to have our captain, our emotional leader and our energy spark plug back on the field."
Alma outshot Elmhurst, 49-25, and got 26 shots on net, 16 of which were stopped by Bluejay goalie Nick Bonastia. Sophomore Cam Stelljes (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) stopped six of the 15 shots he faces and remains unbeaten on the season at 2-0.
Junior defenseman Ben Luzar (Midland, Mich./Midland) paced Alma with seven ground balls and caused three turnovers.
Alma will return to Bahlke Field on Saturday, March 11, when it hosts Baldwin Wallace University for a 2:00 p.m. matchup.