In its first playoff game of the season, the No. 1 Chapman men’s lacrosse team defeated No. 10 Arizona State University 15-11. With this win, the Panthers keep their undefeated season alive.
Despite giving up the first goal of the game, the Panthers (17-0, 5-0) came back to take the lead and hold on to that lead until the final whistle. By the end of the first half, the Panthers built up an 11-2 lead over the Sun Devils. Despite a late fourth run that closed the gap to four, the Sun Devils’ (7-5, 3-1) defense was too often exploited by Chapman’s offense to give them a real chance at coming back.
There were a couple of Chapman players that had great performances that helped solidify the victory. Sophomore attacker Dylan Garner found the back of the net six times during the course of the game. Senior attacker Dave Appruzesse also scored five of Chapman’s goals.
The win comes without senior attacker Steve Koressel and midfielder Richard “Brent” Melbye, who, while not suspended from the university itself for their arrests in connection to the theft of Tim the turkey from Orange High School, were both suspended by Head Coach Dallas Hartley.
The team will play its next game April 30 at 12:30 p.m. against No. 4 Grand Canyon University (10-3, 4-0) – who defeated the Panthers in the national championships last year – after it secured a 15-11 win in the other semifinal matchup against No. 12 University of California, Santa Barbara (10-5, 3-1).