VICTORY! Spartans Fight Back to Earn First Win in Program History

Apr 21, 2015


DEFIANCE, Ohio - After digging themselves an early 4-0 deficit in the first half, the University of Dubuque men's lacrosse team rattled off eight unanswered goals to defeat Defiance (Ohio), 8-4, for first win ever on Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 4-0 with 9:29 remaining in the first half, sophomore MF Josh Berey-Wingate sparked the Spartan offense with a faceoff victory. The Spartans took advantage and scored soon after on a Andrew Triantos goal that halted the Defiance (0-8) run.

Tyson Svoboda and Colin Grever netted two more goals as the Spartans (1-4) cut the Defiance lead to 4-3 at the break. UD enjoyed a 10-7 shot advantage and a 14-5 ground ball edge in the upstart second quarter.

Svoboda's second goal of the game tied it up 4-4 with 7:36 to go in third, while Icle Freeland's score in a man up situation gave UD a lead they wouldn't relinquish at the 6:20 mark of the third. All-in-all, five straight goals in the second half put Defiance away as the Spartans limited the Yellow Jackets to six shots in the final half. 

Freeland, Svoboda, and Grever each totaled two goals and three ground balls to lead UD to the monumental win. Wingate utilized his ball-hawking ability to the max after snagging a game-high 11 ground balls and winning 10 of 12 face off opportunities. The Spartans won 11 of 14 faceoffs as a team.

Defensively, GK Kyle Mullins earned the first win of his career after collecting seven saves.

After scoring 12 goals and allowing 53 in the first three games, the Spartans have ramped it up to the tune of 16 goals scored and 13 goals allowed in its last two. The Spartans earn win number one in the 16th game of its existence.

UD will try to keep the ball rolling on the road against Carthage College (8-0) in their first ever conference (CCIW) matchup on March 25 at 6:00 p.m.