The Cal State Fullerton men’s lacrosse club rallied back early to beat division rival Long Beach State in their first conference game at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, Feb. 26 by a score of 16-9.
With great play on both the offensive and defensive side of the field and overcoming a sluggish start, the Titans were able to take control of the game from the second quarter until the final whistle.
CSUF came in losing its previous three games but have not lost to LBSU at any point in its league history past. They now have a 4-0 overall record against the 49ers in conference play.
Freshman goalkeeper Trevor Burns received the game ball for his breakthrough performance with an impressive 22 saves in his first conference start.
“Incredible,” was the feeling described by Burns. “It’s the first game I’ve had with under 10 goals let in.”
Titan senior attacker Mike Ansel led the charge offensively, whizzing a game-high six goals into the opposing net, but praised the defense for not allowing LBSU to score many goals in the second half.
“We scored but they held them (back), and if they don’t score we’re going to win,” said Ansel.
CSUF senior and midfielder Andrew Hauke started things off by winning the initial faceoff, but freshman midfielder Chris Lien of LBSU scored the first goal of the game. The Titans responded quickly with a goal by Ansel.