Strong Second Half Propels Indiana Tech lacrosse in Rout of Braves


 The No. 3-ranked Indiana Tech men’s lacrosse team won its sixth straight game on Saturday evening as they defeated Ottawa University, 17-7, in nonconference action at Warrior Athletic Field.

Both sides took a while to find their offensive rhythm in the onslaught of rain and sleet, but the Warriors held a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter thanks to goals from Noah Puckett and Brandon Schmehl. The Braves came right back with two quick goals in the second to take a 3-2 lead, but Tech scored twice in the final 2:15 of the half to take a 5-3 lead into the intermission.

The offense for both teams began to pick up the pace in the third as each side scored four goals apiece, but the Warriors stepped on the accelerator in the fourth as the put up an eight-spot in the period while holding Ottawa off the scoreboard in the final 15 minutes of the game. Ian Tyburski made it a 9-7 game just 10 seconds into the quarter while Chandler Peterson scored three times in the quarter.

Peterson finished with a game-high four goals while Louis Czech and Tyburski each recorded a hat trick. Andrew Neller went 12-18 in the face-off zone with eight ground balls while Tyburski was 7-9 with seven ground balls. Evan Schuster made four saves in the cage to pick up the win.

Tech (8-1) returns to conference action on Wednesday, April 3 as they host No. 1-ranked Madonna University. Opening face-off is set for 7 p.m. from Warrior Athletic Field.

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