Men’s lacrosse reaches semis for second straight year

The Chapman men’s lacrosse team booked its place in the semifinals of the Men’s College Lacrosse Association Championships following a 16-2 win against Michigan State Monday night and a 14-3 victory against Stanford Tuesday.

“Tonight’s win (over Stanford) was a very well balanced win,” said junior midfielder Alex Siegel. “We played well in all phases of the game. Our offense spread the ball around and many people contributed to goals while our defense stayed compact and supported each other. Our coaching staff had us playing loose and making sure we were having fun so we didn’t let the moment get to us.”

The Panthers never looked challenged in either game, as they jumped out to sizable leads early in each contest.

“We played outstanding,” said sophomore defender Liam Barnes. “However, we had too many penalties that will cost us against Grand Canyon Thursday. Our offense played well and our defense played amazingly. Gus Gradinger, our goalie, has been playing some of the best games of his career this week, which is huge.”

Junior attack Dave Appruzesse led the Panthers with four goals in the win against Stanford, while freshman attack Dylan Garner added two goals of his own.

“I’m gassed,” said defender P.J. Titterton after the two consecutive games. “We played well on both sides of the ball and carried our momentum from the Michigan State game into and through this (Stanford) game.”

The Panthers won the two games by a combined score of 30-5, illustrating how balanced their offensive and defensive play has been.

“What stood out the most was as the game went on, we never slowed down and kept putting goals on the board,” Barnes said.

The Panthers will face Grand Canyon Thursday in a semifinal matchup at 4:30 p.m. on Wilson Field.

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