Thanks to 6-goal offensive explosions in both the first and third quarters, the Adams State University men’s lacrosse team re-wrote the record books in a dominating 17-5 win over visiting Trine University, Wednesday afternoon here in windy conditions at the ASU Lacrosse & Soccer Field.
Led by a school-record setting performance by Josh Peterman (Santa Ana, Calif.) and seven more combined goals by Seth Stowell (Lakeside, Calif.) and Ian Morrison (Menlo Park, Calif.), the Grizzlies improved to 1-1 on the young season while the Thunder, an NCAA Division III squad from Angola, Ind., fell to 0-2.
Peterman, who took 11 shots on the day, had four goals in the first half alone, as the Grizzlies took an 8-1 edge going into the break before putting the game away with another six goals in the third period, allowing second-year head coach John McCreery and his staff to clear the benches. A total of 34 different Grizzlies saw action in what was ASU’s best-ever offensive performance.
In addition to Peterman’s individual goal scoring prowess, which included two fourth-quarter goals, the Grizzlies set a new team scoring record for goals and offensive points (27), bettering the program’s former marks of 15 goals and 20 offensive points set against Shorter (Ga.) on Apr. 17, 2012.
Peterman bested ASU’s former single-game goal-scoring mark of five, done twice by now Grizzly junior Anthony Damico (Littleton, Colo.) in 2012. Peterman’s double hat-trick was also tied for the second best scoring performance in Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association history and was just one off the WILA record.
The Grizzlies also played strong defensively as they set new program marks for caused turnovers (32) and groundballs (67) in a game against the over-matched Thunder, who were just 13-for-27 in clearing attempts.
The Thunder did receive a team-high two goals from Nic Ruby.
Their primary face-off man Rob Brzezinski also had a strong day winning 13 of 17 match-ups at the “X” while scooping up 10 groundballs.
As a team, ASU won just 7 of 25 face-offs, about the only thing they did not do well in the dominating victory, which saw them successfully clear their defensive zone on 25 of 28 tries.
Peterman started the scoring just 1:12 in to the afternoon with an unassisted goal before Brzezinski answered back just 12 seconds later off one of his face-off wins. However, a 1-minute non-releasable penalty on the Thunder allowed Stowell and Peterman to both score man-up goals just 24 seconds apart before Stowell scored again just 17 seconds later, moments after the expiration of the penalty.