Photo by Tere Poplin
GREENVILLE, S.C. – (Box Score | Invitational Schedule) In physical contest throughout, No. 2 Missouri Valley defeated No. 7 St. Andrews (N.C.), 8-3, Thursday afternoon in quarterfinal action at the 2016 NAIA Men’s Lacrosse National Invitational. The inaugural event is being played out at Sirrine Stadium.
With the win, Missouri Valley improves to 19-2 on the season and advances to play No. 3 Siena Heights (Mich.) Friday at 4 p.m. EDT.
After a scoreless opening stanza, St. Andrews lit the scoreboard first on Nolan Gilmour’s 16th goal of the season in NAIA action. However, the lead was short lived as Missouri Valley’s Ryan Barnes evened the score and sparked a 5-0 run that spanned eight minutes. Owen Sorobey closed the stretch for the Vikings with a goal off an assist by Carson Brezinski to make it a 5-1 spread.
Out of a timeout, St. Andrews ended the Viking run with a goal by Cha’Sed Miller – the only Knight to claim All-America status this season – to cut the deficit to 5-2 entering the half.
Missouri Valley won 6-of-9 face-offs in the opening 30 minutes and held a 21-17 advantage in ground balls.
The Vikings notched three-straight goals in the third quarter to push their lead to 8-2. St. Andrews scored a goal at the 7:02 mark of the fourth quarter, which proved to be the final score of the contest.
Missouri Valley held a dominant 39-16 advantage in shots, while forcing 30 St. Andrews’ turnovers.
Barnes ended the game as the top scorer for Missouri Valley with three goals and one assists en route to six points. The Farmington, Minn., native also had a game-high six shots (four on goal). Dan Block scooped 11 ground balls to lead the way for Missouri Valley.
Gilmour came off the bench to led St. Andrews with two points – one goal and one assist – and five shots. Will Chiasson made 15 saves in the loss.
St. Andrews is eliminated from the invitational and ends the year with a 12-5 record. Three points in a game ties a season-low for the Knights.
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