FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Mizzou Downs Missouri Baptist in Spartan Home Opener – February 25, 2012
CLAYTON, Mo. – The Missouri Tigers’ men’s lacrosse team posted six first-half goals on Saturday, on their way to a 10-5 victory over Missouri Baptist.
The Tigers spoiled the home opener for the Spartans on a crisp and cold afternoon. From the outset, Missouri maintained control in the offensive zone and took the lead on a goal by Alex Hepper at the 8:16 mark of the first quarter.
After the goal, the Spartans began to put sustained pressure on Mizzou in the offensive zone, but came away empty heading into the second quarter. It was at this point where the Tigers greatly widened their lead. Five goals in a matter of six minutes put the Spartans in a six-goal deficit heading into the half.
When play resumed, things quickly looked up for Missouri Baptist. Senior David Justvig scored just seconds into the half to put his team on the board. The Tigers quickly rebounded just minutes later, with a goal by Adam Cook, to put Missouri back up by six.
Midway through the third quarter, the Spartans put another one on the board. Senior Ryan Zimmer recorded his first of the season on a well-placed goal from eight feet out to make the score 7-2.
With a five-goal hole to crawl out of, the Spartans attempted a rally. MBU senior Brandon Horschig buried a shot past Missouri goalkeeper Dan Shim to cut the lead to 7-3, which remained the score heading into the fourth quarter.
After Missouri’s Matt Vollmer extended the lead to 8-3 on his second goal of the afternoon, MBU’s Justin Mueller posted the first fourth quarter goal for MBU to cut the lead to three. Missouri’s Matt Ward, however, answered quickly. The freshman from Eureka, Mo., gave the Tigers a 9-4 lead as time winded down in the game.
Then, with just 3:24 remaining, Missouri Baptist’s Zimmer posted the team’s fifth goal. The Latham, N.Y., native recorded his second of the day, but Missouri again countered soon-after on a goal by sophomore, Jake Huebert in the closing minutes to give his team a 10-5 lead. Though the Spartans persisted, the team was unable to get any closer.
With the loss, the Spartans dropped to 0-1 on the season and Missouri picks-up its first victory. but will look to rebound at home next week against St. Olaf College. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. at Christian Brothers College High School.