Spartans Early Lead Erased in First Defeat at Home

Mar 7, 2015


DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque men's lacrosse team's 2-1 first quarter lead didn't hold as Hope pulled away, 17-5, thanks to seven goals in the second quarter in the first lacrosse game ever played on the newly turfed Oyen Field.

Joshua Berey-Wingate and Tyson Svoboda got UD on the board early on after giving the Spartans (0-3) the quick 2-0 advantage. The Spartans were outshot 12-5, but capitalized early.

Hope (1-1) responded with five straight goals to build a lead they would fail to relinquish. The Flying Dutchmen utilized a 27-2 shot advantage in the second quarter and went into halftime with an 8-3 advantage.

Svoboda totaled a team-high three goals as he scored the Spartans lone goals in the second half. Svoboda capitalized on a man-up opportunity with his goal at the 4:15 mark in the third quarter. It would prove to be UD's lone man-up conversion in eight attempts on the night.

The Omaha, Neb. native now leads the team with four goals on the season.

It was a physical affair that featured 10 individual fouls combined between both sides. Hope's physicality helped force 38 Spartan turnovers compared to the Flying Dutchmen's  24. The Spartans were also outshot 70-19 as UD goalkeeper, Kyle Mullins, tallied a season-high 26 saves. Facing a flurry of shots from every direction, Mullins held his own with a number of spot-on saves throughout the afternoon.

In addition to his goal, Berey-Wingate tied a game-high with seven ground balls and won 7 of 16 face off attempts.

The Spartans travel to Wheaton, Ill. this Wednesday, March 11 to face Calvin College (Mich.) (1-2) at 7:00 p.m.