(Evanston, Ill.) One week after their first loss in 20 games the Saints lacrosse team was back in action Sunday evening in a pair of games against University of Chicago and Lake Forest College.
In game one it was the Saints battling the Maroons of Chicago. Earlier in the season the Saints defeated Chicago 7-2. After taking an early 1-0 lead in the first quarter, Chicago tied the game less than a minute later. However, the Saints were able to answer back with two goals and take a 3-1 lead into halftime.
After an early third quarter goal pulled Chicago within 1 the Saints once again answered with two goals to take a 6-2 lead. Chicago added a late goal in the fourth quarter but the Saints took game one 6-3 and improved their record to 7-1 on the season.
"We came out with a quick goal, but we were unable to take advantage of a couple of opportunities to give ourselves a comfortable lead," said Head Coach Mike Hodge. "Our defense played well and did a nice job of shutting down their go to players."
Five separate players recorded goals for the Saints including four different attackmen. Brian Benedict had two goals in the victory.
After beating Chicago in game one the Saints had to come up with one more victory over Lake Forest College to earn their second straight South Division title in the Great Lakes Lacrosse League.
Holy Cross came out firing against the Foresters and jumped out to an early 5-1 lead. Looking as though they were going to cruise to a victory Lake Forest fired back with three goals in the second quarter to pull within 1 at halftime.
The momentum swung back to the Saints in the third quarter as they put up 4 goals to take a 10-5 lead heading into the final quarter.
Lake Forest added a goal on a man-up situation midway through the fourth to pull within 4 but the Saints shut down the Foresters the rest of the way and held on for a 10-6 victory and their second straight South Division title.
"Despite having a lot of new faces this season we have found ways to win," said Coach Hodge. "It hasn't always been pretty but we accomplished our goal of winning a division title and giving ourselves a chance to compete for a league title."
The Saints will now wait for the seating to be determined before they head to the University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse for the GLLL championships on April 29th - May 1st. Holy Cross finishes the 2011 regular season with an 8-1 overall record and a perfect 8-0 league record.