Albion, Mich. – The Alma College men's lacrosse team fell in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association semifinals to the Albion College Britons on Wednesday at the Brits' Alumni Field.
Junior midfielder Trevor Bailey (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. / Sault Area) tied a career-high with five goals while adding an assist after missing the last five games for Alma. Freshman attacker Timothy Gearig (Vicksburg, Mich. / Vicksburg) and junior midfielder Chase Hunyadi (Pepper Pike, Ohio / University School) were the other two Scots with a multi-goal game.
Alma's season ends with an 8-10 record while Albion improves to 8-8 on the year and advances to MIAA Championship game.
How It Happened
- The Scots got off to a strong start with Hunyadi burying one over three minutes into the game. Bailey then made it 2-0 with a goal he scored as he fell to the turf. The Britons would respond with two of their own to tie the game.
- After the Scots and Brits exchanged scores in the final minutes of the quarter the game looked to be tied heading into the second, but Bailey found Gearig on a pass across the field and the freshman went top shelf with just one second remaining to give Alma the advantage.
- Bailey hit the hat trick mark with a goal five and half minutes into the second to put the Scots back up by two. Albion scored two in the final two minutes of the half including a man up score with eight seconds on the clock to have the game tied, 5-5, heading into halftime.
- Alma took back the lead early in the third quarter with Bailey's fourth of the game. The momentum of the game would then shift as the Brits scored three-straight to lead 8-6. Senior midfielder Jared Nycz (Buffalo, N.Y. / Iroquois) scored a man up goal and Bailey added his fifth score before the end of the period as the Scots trailed 9-8 going into the final quarter.
- The Britons extended their lead to three but Alma did not quit in their effort. With less than seven minutes remaining, Gearig worked his way from out behind the net, faked out the Albion netminder and found the back of the cage to cut the lead to two. The Vicksburg native then set up Hunyadi with the man advantage to make it a one goal game with just under three minutes remaining.
- Both teams battled for possession in the final moments of the contest. The Scots had a couple opportunities with over a minute remaining but could not get a shot through. Albion let the final minute run off before the Scots were able to knock the ball out at midfield but the final horn sounded as they tried to grab possession.
- Bailey's five goals are the most by an Alma College men's lacrosse player in a playoff game. He ends up with a career-high 30 goals in his junior season.
- Senior goalie Cameron Stelljes (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) made 15 saves in net to keep the Scots in the game. He ends up with a program record 488 saves in his college career.
- Nycz finishes his career as the program's all-time record holder for goals (140), assists (171) and points (311). He ranks 16thon the all-time list for assists in all of Division III men's lacrosse.
- The Scots caused 10 turnovers compared to the Britons who only caused three.
What He Said
"What an absolute incredible effort by the guys tonight. We executed well on offense, defense, clearing, and riding. Cam played out of his mind and Trevor Bailey proved that had he been healthy all year, he's one of the best players in the MIAA conference. I can't thank our seniors enough for all that they have done for our program over the past four seasons and I want them all to know that they have continued to raise the level of our play on the field and our academics and accountability off. Alma College men's lacrosse is in a great place and we'll get to work straight away on the 2020 season." - Head Coach Michael Kinney