LEAVENWORTH – For the first time in program history, the Raven Men’s Lacrosse team earned an automatic berth in the NAIA Lacrosse National Invitational Tournament.
Benedictine (10-4) handed No. 4 Missouri Valley College (11-3) a 21-9 loss to earn the KCAC Championship over the Vikings.
The Ravens recorded 53 shots en route to their win as they finished with 35 shots on goal which was more than the Vikings had in total shots.
Remy Dujackovich scored the Ravens first goal of the game as Benedictine scored six straight to open the game.
Benedictine led 13-3 at the half and the added eight more goals in the second half as they cruised into the NAIA playoffs for the first time in program history.
Peter Girard led the Ravens with six goals, followed by Ryan Heinser with five while Brady Guck scored three. Kyle Tomc and Dujakovich scored twice while Trevor Svoboda and Sean Molyneaux added one goal each. Molyneax and Guck led the Ravens with two assists each while Svoboda, Dustin Reis and Heinser finished with one assist each.
Reis earned the win in goal finishing with 13 saves.
Mihail Sourgiadakis won 16 of 32 faceoffs for the Ravens as the Ravens finished with 38 groundballs.
The Ravens have earned the No. 5 seed in the 2019 NAIA Lacrosse National Invitational Tournament and will take on Marian (Ind.) University on May 8 in Grand Rapids, Mich.