Men's Lacrosse Grounds La Roche Redhawks on Record-Setting Day, 24-2

Freshman Grant Nesbitt pumped in a career-best five goals in Adrian's 24-2 win versus La Roche Sunday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Freshman Grant Nesbitt pumped in a career-best five goals in Adrian's 24-2 win versus La Roche Sunday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Freshmen Chris French and Peyton Gasche each scored 10 points to tie the Adrian College single-game scoring record as the Bulldogs overwhelmed visiting La Roche, 24-2, in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Sunday. 

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 24, La Roche College 2

= Location: Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Sunny, 33 degrees, Wind W 9 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 2-4, La Roche Redhawks 2-8

TOP 'DAWGS
= French ended up with a game-high seven goals and three assists, while Gasche scored three times and dished seven assists.

= Freshman Grant Nesbitt posted career highs of five goals and six points.

= Sophomore Fernando Rodriguez tallied four goals and three assists for seven total points--all career bests.

= Freshman Max Leventis won 23 of 28 face-offs and scooped up 19 ground balls, and he had two assists.

= Classmate Travis Fox chipped in a hat trick, assist and six ground balls.

= The defense shined in the form of freshmen Matt Endres (5 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers), Christian Aurand (6GB, 3CTO) and sophomore Collin Hull (6GB, 4CTO).

THE OPPOSITION
= Chris Sylvis made 26 saves and had six ground balls in the LC cage.

= Brent Burkhouse scored a goal and had an assist.

= Shawn McDanel contributed five ground balls and he had three of La Roche's five caused turnovers.  

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian darted to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter and did not allow a La Roche offensive possession until 2 minutes and 15 seconds remaining as the Bulldogs never looked back.

= The Bulldogs scored four goals on eight extra-man opportunities.

= Adrian also dominated statistical advantages in shots (67-11), shots on goal (50-5), ground balls (60-26), face-off wins (24-5), turnovers (18-36) and clears (20-for-23, 16-for-34).

= Nesbitt connected on three of Adrian's first four goals in a span of 5 minutes and 11 seconds to spark the Bulldogs. That was part of a first quarter that Adrian outshot La Roche 21-0 and outscored the Redhawks 9-0.

= Adrian built a 15-1 lead at the halftime break. Devin Wolford scored on a feed from Brent Burkhouse to get the visitors on the scoreboard at the 5:05 mark of the second quarter, snapping a string of 13 goals for the home team.

= A highlight of the second half was Hull's first career goal with 24 seconds left in the third quarter. He forced a turnover in his defensive zone and scooped up the ground ball, racing up field to find the back of the cage, unassisted. 

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= This marked the first meeting between the teams.

= Several Adrian and individual records were set or tied today, including 19 team assists (18 vs MSOE, April 10, 2011), 67 team shots (61 vs Muskingum, March 11, 2017), French and Gasche with 10 points (tied with six similar instances), Gasche with seven assists (ties his own record with Josh Maluta at Otterbein University, April 13, 2011), French with 20 shots (18 by Brayden Adrian versus Franciscan, March 24, 2018), Leventis with 19-tying ground balls (19 by Mitch Barnard versus Mount St. Joseph, May 08, 2011).

= The 43 points on 24 goals and 19 assists are second in school history; the record of 47 was set against Sewanee on April 19, 2008.

= Leventis' 23 face-off wins are one shy of the AC single-game benchmark.

= Adrian went 60 ground balls in a game for the second time in 2019, ranking third in school history.

= The 22-goal margin of victory is Adrian's largest in eight seasons.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will be at non-conference foe Heidelberg College on Wednesday night, starting at 4 p.m.

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