The Raven Men’s Lacrosse team picked up their first upset over a NAIA-ranked opponent on Wednesday as they beat No. 4 Missouri Valley College 20-11 at the BC Athletic Complex.
Benedictine (6-4, 3-1 KCAC) just dropped out of the Top 10 on Tuesday the first team listed in the receiving votes category not only upset the Vikings, they handed Missouri Valley (8-2, 3-1 KCAC) their first-ever regular-season loss in three-plus years of KCAC play.
Leading 6-4 at the half, the Ravens broke the game open with an eight-goal third quarter as they outshot the Vikings 21-9.
The two teams combined for 20 penalties over the course of the game with the Ravens taking full advantage of their extra-man opportunities. Benedictine was able to score six goals in nine extra-man opportunities while holding Missouri Valley to just 2 of 11.
Sean Molyneux led the Ravens with six goals. He scored back-to-back goals in the fourth quarter to extend the Ravens lead to 10 with just under three minutes left in the game.
Peter Girard, Brady Guck and Jack Kandoth scored three goals each while Kyle Tomc, Joseph Doyle, Trevor Svoboda, Remy Dujakovich and Ryan Heinser all scored one goal each. Svoboda’s goal came inside the final seconds, and came close ot reaching viral status on Twitter Wednesday night – https://twitter.com/Raven_SID/SvobodaGoal041019. Guck and Heinser finished with a team-high three assists. Dujakovich finished with two while James Carson, Mihail Sourgiadakis, Doyle and Molyneux tallied one assist each.
Dustin Reis earned the win in goal. He finished with 13 saves to go along with a defensive effort that forced Missouri Valley into 24 turnovers. Ethan Novacek and Keaten Carney anchored the back-line defense for the Ravens with two caused turnovers each.
The Ravens have little time to celebrate their win. They travel to Columbia, Mo,. on Saturday to take on No. 7 Columbia College at 1 p.m. The Cougars suffered their first loss in KCAC play on Wednesday at the hands of Ottawa University. With two games remaining in the KCAC, Benedictine is currently tied with Columbia and Missouri Valley for first-place. Ottawa is a half-game out with three games remaining on their KCAC schedule.