April 29, 2010
With a 6 game winning streak and a big triumph last week over Westminster, Fort Lax was invited to compete in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) playoffs. With the players scrambling to cover final exams, moving-out deadlines, and graduation requirements, the Hawks drove the 6 hours through stormy conditions to BYU in Provo, Utah to take on the #18 ranked Montana State Mountaineers.
With temperatures dropping and intermittent snow squalls at the game’s start, Montana stung the Hawks with a quick 3 goal lead. Kevin Harkey assisted Erik Johnson, and then Johnson found Adam Allen on the crease for the first FLC tallies. Montana scored again, and then Bob Berding dodged past 2 defenders to put in a point blank shot to make it 4-2 at the quarter.
The Mountaineers face-off specialist was able to control the draw throughout the game giving Montana a majority of the possession. However the Hawks scored 4 times to the Mountaineers 2 in the second quarter, with goals by Andy Grenhart, Bob Berding (2), and Dan Riecks to tie the score at 6-6 at the half.
With scrappy play, both teams score 2 goals in the third quarter. Dan Riecks pinged the net off a beautiful ally dodge, and Johnson found a darting Andy Grenhart for the second tally of the quarter.
With the score tied at 8-8, Montana was able to control almost all the face-offs in the fourth quarter to give the Mountaineers a big edge in possessions. After trading 2 goals each in the early minutes, Montana surged ahead with 3 more goals to the Hawks 1 to take the win 13-11. Both Grenhart (2) and Allen scored in the fourth.
The Hawks ended the season with a solid 10-5 record.