The Chapman men’s lacrosse team lost its Southwestern Lacrosse Conference playoff game against Arizona State 8-7 Friday on Wilson field, ending Chapman’s seven-game winning streak.
The Panthers have lost six in a row to the Sun Devils, dating back to 2011. Chapman received a bye from first-round action, but the Sun Devils beat University of California, Santa Barbara 14-8 in the opening round last week. Chapman still qualified for the Men’s College Lacrosse National Association National Championship as the fourth seed.
“We started the game with so much energy,” said junior midfielder Alex Siegel. “We were playing very hard and smart. The game remained tight because our defense was playing very well. They ended up taking the lead late and we were unable to get one last goal despite hitting the crossbar twice in the final five minutes.”
Senior midfielder Chris Herrmann opened the scoring early into the match to see Chapman close out the first quarter leading 1-0 following a largely defensive display from both teams. Sophomore attack Tyler Standley made it 2-0 soon into the second quarter before sophomore attack Regan Kelly ripped in a goal to make it 3-0.
Arizona State then scored three goals of its own to tie up the contest, before junior midfielder Connor Reilly made it 4-3. Herrmann netted again shortly after to make it 5-3 before the Sun Devils scored to make it 5-4 at half.
“I can’t point to one thing that we should have done differently” Siegel said. “We executed very well all around the field, we just didn’t close out the win.”
A goal from junior attack Dave Apruzzese and a lone Sun Devil goal made it 6-5 at the end of the third quarter. A then scored twice to take their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter at 7-6 before scoring again later to lead 8-6. Junior attack Steve Koressel scored with 40 seconds left to make it 8-7, but it did not prove quite enough to catch Arizona State who hung on to win.
“If anything, this loss refocuses our team and now we will go into this week of practice with a renewed sense of focus and energy to keep getting better and finish the game next time,” Siegel said.
Chapman will play Michigan State May 11 at 4:45 p.m. at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in a rematch from earlier this season when the Panthers defeated the Spartans 13-8.
If Chapman beats Michigan State, it would likely play Colorado, the third seed, who Chapman beat 11-8 March 23. If Chapman can get bye Colorado, it would most likely play Arizonas State again, or Grand Canyon, the number one overall seed.
The first two rounds will be played at UCI, while the final two will be hosted by Chapman.
To read about how Chapman did at its conference tournament, click here.