Oberlin Outlasts Hendrix in Defensive Contest

Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College men's lacrosse team scored two times in the fourth quarter to upend the visiting Hendrix College Warriors 6-4 on Saturday afternoon at Fred Shults Field.

It appeared as if the Yeomen were going to cruise to an easy win as they controlled the run of play for the entire first period while finding the back of the cage four times. Rob Bond cashed in the first Yeomen goal just 58 seconds into the game. Connor Jackson, Alex Jacobs and Thomas Hake would all register a score before the first quarter horn would go off.

After a possession-oriented second quarter that was dominated by the Yeomen, the Warriors (0-6) came out blazing in third session as they battled back with four straight scores to tie the game.

However, Oberlin (2-0) was able to regain its composure in the fourth. Reining NCAC Player of the Week Dylan Holmes would put the Yeomen on top for good with 11:17 to play by scoring inside with a helper coming from Jackson. Alex Chapman would add an insurance tally just minutes later with Hake providing the assist.

"I was glad to see our guys battle through the adversity in the middle part of the game," Head Coach Kevin Walz said. "We did a lot of things well and we really controlled the game, we just need to do a better job of finishing our shots."

The Yeomen won all the major statistical categories, including a 42-24 edge in shots and 35-14 advantage in groundballs. OC also won 10 of the game's 12 face-offs with Erik Strand claiming eight wins in nine tries. The Yeomen were also successful on 21 of 23 clear attempts.

The Yeomen will have a tough task ahead as NCAC power Ohio Wesleyan comes to town on Wednesday night for a 6:00 p.m. showdown.

2010-03-21



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