Alma, Mich. - The Alma College men's lacrosse team opened a three-game homestand on Tuesday (April 11) night at Bahlke Field, dominating Olivet College in a 17-7 victory. The Scots won their second straight game and improved to 8-4 overall and 2-1 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, while the Comets fell to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in the MIAA.
Junior Daniel Buchy (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) scored a game-high five goals and added two assists for seven points to lead Alma, and in the process notched his 100th career point to become the fourth player in program history to accomplish the feat. Freshman Chase Hunyadi (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) scored four times and added an assist, while sophomore Jared Nycz (Elma, N.Y./Iroquois) totaled six points with two goals and a game-high four assists.
Nycz now sits one point away from tying the school record for career points, currently held by Marshall Argenta, who tallied 137 during his career. Nycz has 59 goals and 77 assists for 136 points in 29 career games. Hunyadi, meanwhile, has scored four or more goals in six of his last seven games, including three straight.
Freshman Tom Needham (Saline, Mich./Saline) went 19-for-23 on face-offs while sophomore Cam Stelljes (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) made seven saves on 14 shots as the Scots outshot the Comets 66-23, including 33 shots on net.
Olivet opened the game with two quick goals before Alma scored five straight to take a 5-3 advantage after the first quarter. Each team netted four goals in the second quarter to give Alma a 9-6 lead at the half, but the Scots came out firing in the third quarter, scoring five times - including three goals in a span of 1:50 - and allowing only one to pull away.
Alma will return to Bahlke Field on Saturday, April 15, to host Albion College. The Scots have never defeated the Britons, going 0-5 in the previous meetings, and fell to Albion in the MIAA Tournament championship game last season. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.