Fort Lax opened their MCLA season with a 18-7 win over out-of-conference opponent the NAU Lumberjacks. Fort Lewis College Lacrosse met geographical rival Northern Arizona University today in a neutral site game in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Skyhawks won a game that they took over in the first quarter and never looked back. A 5-0 first quarter lead became 8-1 at halftime. A choppy and penalty-filled third quarter ended 12-5, but the Fort’s killer instinct kicked in to close out the victory.
NAU’s defense couldn’t contain the depth of offensive weapons of Fort Lewis as 10 different players had a point in the game. Leading the way, So. attack Ian Bragdon had 4 goals and 2 assists, So. attack Conor Henricks 3G, 2A, and Jr. attack Max Segal had 2G, 2A. James Rott led the midfield with 3G, 1A. No goal was bigger than Fr. defender Mitchell Peterson’s coast to coast goal less than 2 minutes into the game that set the tone for a dominating defensive and offensive performance.
NAU used to be a member of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference, but moved to SLC several years ago. Luckily, the back and forth rivalry has remained a fixture in the Skyhawks lacrosse schedule. The Lumberjacks are a very young team, with the majority of the team being freshmen. They made the Fort earn every goal, and they were still recovering from a game Friday against UNM. Unfortunately for NAU, a fierce riding game led to injuries to both of their goalies. Hopefully the 2 stellar players are able to recover in time for NAU’s next game. The Skyhawks play the UNM Lobos at 12:00 tomorrow in one of the oldest rivalries in the RMLC to start division play.