Despite impressive defensive performances, the Idaho men’s club lacrosse team could not come away with a win over the weekend.
Simon Fraser took the matchup Saturday 16-6, while Oregon State got the best of Idaho Sunday afternoon winning the contest 12-5.
The Vandals opened against Simon Fraser in strong fashion. The team jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead.
Then the Vandals turned around by taking a 3-2 lead to conclude quarter one.
The Vandals could not build on their early lead, as they were scoreless the entire second quarter. Simon Fraser went into halftime with an 8-3 lead over Idaho.
The final half featured more challenges for the Vandals. Idaho was outscored the rest of the game and eventually lost the matchup 16-6.
Searching for a quick turnaround, the Vandals awaited the Sunday contest against a tough, quick Oregon State team.
Again, Idaho tallied the first point of play, but Oregon State came stomping down the field to erase the early lead, The Beavers controlled the first quarter, ending the first quarter with a 5-1 lead. Oregon State would turn around and score almost immediately to open the second quarter.
Although Oregon State’s offense controlled most of the game, Idaho’s tough defensive unit provided the team with several opportunities.
Junior mid-player Charlie Dolar and sophomore goalkeeper Noah Kubowitsch led Idaho’s defensive charge.
Kubowitsch recorded several saves in an attempt to spark the Idaho offense, while Dolar provided Idaho’s defense with a handful of critical takeaways.
In the end, Idaho’s defensive effort was not enough against Oregon State. Idaho went on to lose 12-5.
With half of the season already in the books, Idaho will face Oregon Saturday April 8 on the SprinTurf.
Zack Ozuna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @OznaZack21