Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Lions got another strong offensive game from senior attacker Will McClanahan (Cincinnati, OH/Madeira), and others, and shutdown defensive play, as they posted an 18-4 win at Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday, helping them to advance to the MLC Tournament for the third straight season. The Lions finished regular season play with a 10-7 overall mark, 7-3 in the conference and will play a semifinal conference tournament game at Aurora University on May 1. Aurora, which finished first in the regular season MLC standings with a 10-0 mark, is the top seed. They won earlier this season at the Mount, 17-3, and are 13-3 overall in 2013. The Lions are the fourth seed in the tournament.
Carthage College (9-1), seeded second, will host Augustana University (8-2), the third seed, in the other semifinall match-up on May 1. The two remaining teams will play for the MLC Tournament title on May 4 at the highest remaining seed. The winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
McClanahan fired in seven goals in the game against MSOE, the third time this season that he has scored at least than many goals in a game, as the Mount coasted to a 10-2 lead the half. The Lions pushed the lead to 14-2 at the 6:10 mark of the third quarter, as they received goal scoring from six different players during that stretch. While McClanahan and others were controlling the offense, the Mount's defense held MSOE to just eight, second half shots, as the Lions allowed just one goal per quarter.
Four other Mount players added two goals each, while Andrew Stoffer (Palatine, IL/Palatine) had four assists. Joe Illencik (Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney) played all 60 minutes in goal and had 11 saves for the win. The Lions held a 53-24 advantage in shots, including a 29-15 edge in shots on goal. The Mount won 18-of-26 faceoffs while MSOE had 26 turnovers.