In just its second season, the Lawrence Tech Men’s Lacrosse Team stands alone atop the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) North Division after defeating the University of Michigan-Dearborn, 10-6, on April 16.
As a result, the Blue Devils have home-field advantage in their first playoff game against Siena Heights University on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills. (LTU can’t play its games on campus because the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association requires artificial turf fields.)
The Blue Devils ended the regular season 4-0 against divisional opponents and 7-3 overall.
LTU struck first in the April 16 game, as midfielder Collin Peters found a cutting Justin Killewald in front of the net. The lead did not last long, however, as the Wolverine netted three straight goals to close the first quarter with a 3-1 lead.
Captain Bryan Burnham stopped the bleeding for the Blue Devils, forcing his way to the goal and ripping a shot pass the Dearborn goalie. Less than a minute later, a sneaky goal by Alex Gruber knotted the game at three. Another goal by Killewald gave Lawrence Tech a 5-4 lead at halftime.
After a 1-1 third quarter, the Blue Devils broke the game open by dominating the fourth quarter. Lawrence Tech went 5-5 on face-offs and outshot the Wolverine, 15-3, while scoring four goals – three by Tim Popp.
For the game, Lawrence Tech outshot Dearborn, 43-29, and won the groundball battle, 63-46. Popp finished with a game-high four goals. Killewald added two goals, two assists, and five groundballs. LTU goalie Adam Gohl collected 12 saves for his seventh win of the season.