Quick Sticks: Nebraska And The Mad City Lacrosse Tournament


Wales, Wisconsin – The Nebraska Huskers invaded the “Mad City” along with 20 other teams for the Mad City Lacrosse tournament, but only Mother Nature would come out on top. Heavy rain forced the tournament officials to, at first, cancel all games. Then with the strength and support of the lacrosse community, the tournament was moved to Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, about an hour east of Madison. The Huskers would play UW-Whitewater and Western Illinois.

In their first game of the fall, the Huskers came out strong versus the Warhawks. Using strong dodging and good shot placement, the Huskers raced out to a 3-2 lead at half. However, the Warhawks controlled the tempo and the ball in the second half. Scoring four unanswered goals, the Huskers would end up falling 6-3.

Head Coach Chad Heber, in his first game at the helm for Nebraska, seemed pleased with the way the Huskers started the game. “We came out strong. Our defense was aggressive and making good plays. In the second half we never settled down and tried to force too many passes. We are just beginning to scratch the surface on what we can and will do on offense.

The Huskers had to wait four hours to play their next game. With the rain subsiding, Nebraska and the Western Illinois Leathernecks would face off. From the get go, Nebraska controlled the ball possession and played solid defense, never trailing in the game. Tom Gillian, a sophomore Midfielder from Lincoln, (Pius X) scored 3 of the 5 Huskers’ goals. “It was a team effort in our transitions and offensive play. The guys all came together and played a solid game. It was a good way to end our trip,” Gillian said.

Tom Gillian
Tom Gillian of Nebraska

Photo Credit: Rod Adams Photography

The Huskers would only allow three goals to the ‘Necks. “If we could take the defensive work in game one and add the offensive control in game two, we will be a competitive team. We are coming together as a team, trying to build upon each day and each moment,” said Heber.

The Huskers now have four weeks until their next matchup when they face off with in-state and arch-rival, Creighton University, on November 11th.  Nebraska won last year’s spring game after trailing big early in the game.  Face time is set for Noon. Depending on the weather, the game will either take place at the Cook Pavilion or at Mable Lee fields.

The above write up was provided to MCLAFan by the Nebraska Men’s Lacrosse program.