Recently we received a little intel on a CCLA “darkhorse” that has been sneaking up the rankings and half way through their season is sitting at a very pretty 6-0, 4-0 in conference. Their next couple games will really test out how good they are and should give some more clarity on the abilities of the Panthers.
“There is a reason Pitt is climbing in the polls (now at 22). They exploded for 36 goals last Sunday against CCLA rivals Toledo and Western Michigan. Against Western Michagin their attack combined for 15 of the teams 18 goals with D1 transfer Novotny scoring 7 Goals (school record) and an assist and Powell setting a record for total points in a game with 9 (5 goals & 4 assists). The lefty attackman Grmusa added 3 for good measure. This team has a lot of kids who can score. Combine that with a solid defense (Carlsons a stud) and strong goal tending and its no wonder why they’re 7-0 on the season.”
#25 Pitt Collects Wins Over Western Michigan and Toledo, Sets Records
Toledo, OH – The University of Pittsburgh Men’s Lacrosse team remains undefeated after subduing CCLA opponents Western Michigan and Toledo, 18-4 and 18-8, respectively. The two decisive victories were part of a triple-header at the Glass Bowl stadium on Sunday, March 19.
These wins bring the Panthers to 6-0-1 on the season, while Toledo slips to 1-5 and WMU falls to 1-2. Pitt started the day off against Western Michigan University at 2:00 pm. Bright sunshine, rising temperatures, and very high humidity welcomed the Panthers to Toledo, who wasted no time in reaching a 5-1 lead after the first quarter. Both teams scored only one goal in the second quarter, bringing the score to 6-2 at the half.
The Panthers responded to a second quarter lull by dropping six goals in both the third and fourth. Sophomore attack Alex Powell shattered a Pitt Lacrosse record and the WMU defense by notching nine total points in the game (5G, 4A). Tyler Novotnyalso improved his commanding position on Pitt’s all-time leaderboard for goals in a single contest. He finished with seven goals and an assist, breaking his own previous record of six scores in one game.
All Panthers saw action against Western Michigan. Of the twelve players that scored points against WMU, goals came from Tyler Novotny (7), Alex Powell (5), Joe Grmusa (3), Thomas Pham (1), Paul Razgaitis (1), and Conor “Spike” Nugent(1).
After a quick, rainy intermission and eighteen seconds of game play, the Panthers were in the lead against their second opponent of the day. Powell stuck the first two balls on cage with the help of Tyler Novotny and Nick Ruff, and then dished an assist to Joe Grmusa. With ten minutes left in the first quarter Bryan Peck scored a goal to bring the Panthers up 4-0. Toledo dropped two goals past the Pitt defense to end the quarter 4-2.
Toledo started the second quarter with another goal, but that would be their last of the half. Pitt responded with a 6-0 run before halftime with goals from Nugent, Novotny, Wolfe, Faber, and Bryan Peck. The score was 10-3 at halftime.
Pitt continued to pull away in the second half. Nick Ruff scored the first goal within six seconds of the whistle. Matt Wolfe, Alex Powell, Conor Nugent, Tyler Novotny, Colin Peck, and Pat Kelly all added goals in the last two quarters.
“Conference games are always the most important for our program,” commented keeper Chris Gorham, “A big win like this allows us to cycle deep into our lineup to give younger players quality game experience, which will only help us down the road.”
These two victories bring Pitt’s conference record to 4-0. The Panthers will look to defend their conference and overall record at home on Friday and Saturday at against #11 SUNY-Buffalo and #12 Michigan State University.
Pitt to Host Buffalo and Michigan State
Pittsburgh, PA – This upcoming Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th, the #22 ranked Pitt Panthers will host #10 Buffalo on Friday evening at 6:30 PM and #13 Michigan State University on Saturday at 12:30 PM.
On Saturday, Pitt Men’s Lacrosse is teaming up with The Pittsburgh Lacrosse Foundation to host Laxburgh Days, giving local players and coaches the opportunity to watch high caliber lacrosse right here at home.
The first 25 fans to show up wearing their local lax jersey OR team tees will receive a FREE PLF water bottle! After the game, fans are welcome to take a FREE Pitt Lacrosse poster and head down to the field for autographs and a meet-and-greet with the players!
Gates open one hour before game-time. Fans are encouraged to bring field chairs, as seating in the Mezzanine is limited. Admission is free.
Come and see your Panthers defend the Cost Center for two great days of high intensity lacrosse!