Men's Lacrosse Season Warp Up
May 4, 2017
DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque men’s lacrosse team completed the 2017 campaign with a 10-7 overall record to complete the first winning season in the program’s four years.
Four of the seniors, Tyson Svoboda, Javez Vargas, Josh Berry-Wingate and Jonas Steinborn, were the first student-athletes to play four seasons as a part of the University of Dubuque men’s lacrosse program. The senior class will be a tough one to replace as they leave with 69 games played,48 starts, 68 goals (34.5%) and 30 assists (26%) in the 2017 season.
Tyson Svoboda leaves UD as the all-time leading point scorer with 101, the first person in school history with 100 points. Svoboda is also the leader in all time games played and games started with 54. In his final season, Svoboda was fourth on the team with 31 goals, while also dishing out 12 assists.
Josh Berry-Wingate, a senior from Homewood, Ill. Berry-Wingate had 35 goals this season, good enough for third on the team and added 18 assists for 53 points to finish with 89 points in his career, second all-time. Jonas Steinborn from Madison, Wisconsin and Javez Vargas from Homewood, Illinois, were mainstays on the Spartans defense over the last four years and helped the defense improve each year. Billy Ertl (Danville, Ill) joined the lacrosse program his sophomore year, playing in a career high eight games this season.
Matt Penalvert led the Spartans offensive attack this season, posting 41 goals and 60 total points. The 41 goals was a school record for a single season, besting the previous mark by 21 goals. His 60 points is also a single season record. Michael Julius handed out 28 assists, breaking his own school record of assists in a season which was previously 19.
UD went on their longest winning streak of the year from March 25th to April 28th, winning four games in a row and outscored their opponents 56-17 during that stretch. UD protected the home turf, going 6-2 at Oyen Field. The Spartans saved their best game for last, beating Clarke University, 28-1 in the season finale, which was the largest win in program history and the most goals scored in a single game.