The No. 3-ranked Indiana Tech men’s lacrosse team fell for the first time this season as they lost to No. 2-ranked Madonna, 10-9, on Wednesday evening in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) play at Warrior Athletic Field.
The Crusaders struck first and quickly on the Warriors as they scored two goals in the first five minutes to take the early lead. Noah Puckett cut the deficit in half with 5:35 to go in the first before the Orange and Black outscored the visitors 5-0 in the second to take a 6-2 lead into the locker room at the half. Brayden Givens started the scoring at 13:38 in the period while Will McKinney put the hosts ahead for the first time at the 12:30 mark.
Brandon Gates put Tech up 7-2 48 seconds into the third period, but Madonna stormed back with five straight goals to knot the game up at 7-7 with 4:18 to play in the quarter. McKinney made it a 9-7 game with 9:37 to play in the game with his third goal of the contest, but the Crusaders railed for three goals in the final 6:16, with the final tally coming at the 2:17 mark to give the Warriors their first loss of the year.
McKinney recorded a game-high five points with three goals and two assists while grabbing eight ground balls. Puckett, Childs and Neller all had six ground balls with Childs causing three turnovers. Evan Shuster made 17 saves in the cage while suffering his first collegiate loss.
Tech (11-1, 5-1 WHAC) concludes the regular season Saturday as they travel to the University of Michigan-Dearborn for an 8 p.m. face-off.