The MCLA #21 Skyhawks failed to finish strongly against out-of-conference team, the #13 Cal State University-Fullerton Titans today 14-7 on a snow covered neutral field in Flagstaff, AZ. After taking a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, the Fort couldn’t contain Titans midfielder #20 Alex Kowalski who scored 4 goals in the half to bring Fullerton back to tie the game 5-5 at halftime. Fort Lax fell apart in the 3rd quarter, managing only one shot in the period, losing the groundball game, and turning the ball over on almost every clear. Down 10-5 to start the 4th quarter, the Skyhawks pressed out on defense and managed to claw back to make the game 10-7, but a patient and talented Titans offense took away any hope of a Fort Lewis comeback.
The Fort stayed out of the penalty box for the most part, committing only 2 penalties in the game. Fullerton was even cleaner, with not a single penalty served. For the Fort it was a complete team effort, but no single player could manage a clutch performance. Sophomore Conor Henricks had 2 Goals and 1 assist, So. James Rott 1G, 1A, Fr. Dakota Andre 2G, Jr. Max Segal 2A led the FLC scorers, with Jr. Brooks Wilcox, Sr. Sam Anderson, and Fr. Jacob Boyle each adding big points in the game. Sophomore goalie Hayden Pike played well, finishing with 15 saves, but he faced 20 shots in the second half alone. Anderson won 7 of 15 faceoffs against Fullerton’s outstanding faceoff teams while playing lockdown defense on one of the best midfield groups in the nation. Fullerton had big games from Sr. middie Chris Cole 2G, 3A, Fr. attackman Micah Willis 3G, 4A, and Kowalski finished with 6G, most of them highlight reel quality.
It was an exciting back and forth game, one the Fort could have won if they kept the momentum. Now they have to get back after it tomorrow and get the momentum going again. Tomorrow’s opponent, the MCLA#26 Cal State San Marcos Cougars, defeated Northern Arizona 12-8 today to make their record a perfect 6-0 on the season. The Skyhawks have chance to prove that they are a top 25 team still with a win.