Photo by Tere Poplin
GREENVILLE, S.C. – (Box Score | Invitational Schedule) In the last quarterfinal game of the day, No. 4 Lourdes (Ohio) scored the final four goals to defeat No. 5 Missouri Baptist, 15-9, Thursday night at Sirrine Stadium.
With the win, Lourdes (15-3) advances into the semifinals of the national invitational and will face No. 1 Davenport (Mich.), who defeated No. 8 Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), 18-7, Friday at 7 p.m. EDT.
Lourdes got on the board first, as Jared Yoshino scored an unassisted goal two minutes into the game. Missouri Baptist responded 44 seconds later when Devin Mayer’s shot connected with the back of the cage.
Lourdes scored three of the final five goals of the quarter, including two from First Team All-American Dalton Vowles to take a 5-3 lead.
The Spartans began the second stanza scoring two of the first three goals to cut the lead to 6-5 with 10:52 remaining. Dylan Gill netted a man-up goal for the Gray Wolves to spark a 4-0 run, spanning three minutes. Missouri Baptist scored a pair of goals in the final minutes of the half to cut the deficit to 10-7.
The Gray Wolves held a slight advantage in shots (24-21), face-offs (12-7) and ground balls (19-14) during the first 30 minutes of play.
Missouri Baptist scored two of the three goals in the third quarter to keep the game within two scores. Lourdes scored four unanswered goals in the fourth stanza for 15-9 final.
Yoshino ended the game as the top scorer for Lourdes with seven goals and two assists en route to nine points. The Toledo, Ohio native also had a game-high nine shots (eight on goal). Danny Bichsel added four goals and dished out three assists in the win.
Dan Mollet netted a hat trick to lead all scorers on Missouri Baptist. Devin Mayer added a pair of goals and a pair of assists to go along with scooping four ground balls in the loss.
Missouri Baptist is eliminated from the National Invitational and ends the year with a 12-6 record.
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