ADRIAN, Mich. – Senior goalkeeper Kevin Lerg made a couple of huge saves including a few point-blank ones as the men's lacrosse team claimed an 8-5 win over Oberlin College on Wednesday night from Docking Stadium. Lerg made four saves in the first quarter and had four more in the fourth quarter. He stopped 10 shots total and kept his team ahead while allowing just one goal by the Yeomen in the second half.
The Bulldogs controlled the very defensive-minded game in the final 15 minutes in particular and shut the door on Oberlin during the final minutes with few chances to score. Adrian took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as Eric Fannell and Drake Dailey-Chwalibog scored goals for the Bulldogs. Dailey-Chwalibog assisted on the Fannell goal and Tom Thielman assisted on the Dailey-Chwalibog goal. Oberlin cut the lead to 2-1 after one quarter as John Firestone scored with 13 seconds left in the quarter.
Oberlin took a 3-2 lead in the second with goals at 14:38 by Nick Lobley and 6:54 by Connor Jackson. Fannell's second goal of the game at 3:09 was unassisted and tied the game at 3-3. Matthew Fox gave Oberlin a 4-3 lead at halftime scoring with just 10 seconds left in the quarter.
The Bulldogs outscored the Yeomen, 5-1, in the second half to improve to 3-1 overall. Fannell's third goal at 8:00 tied the game at 4-4. Adam Findlay scored his first goal of the season at 2:54 of the third and Adrian led 5-4 with one quarter remaining. Thielman scored a man-up goal at 12:14 of the fourth with an assist from Fannell. Lobley cut the lead to 6-5 with an assist from Jackson at 9:35 on a man-up goal. Thielman scored again at 8:20 for his sixth of the season and Brett Maguire notched his first of the season at 6:05 from Fannell to wrap up the scoring.
Adrian had 20 shots on goal led by Fannell with five. Max Groves scooped up a team-high seven ground balls. Adrian held a 23-15 edge in ground balls for the game while Oberlin took 11-of-17 in the face-off circle. Both teams were 1-for-2 in extra-man opportunities and Adrian committed just 11 turnovers compared to 17 for the Yeomen.