No. 15 Bulldogs Come Back to Beat the Gophers

By the start of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs had had enough. The Bulldogs' Gaydos exploded from behind, jamming home his chance and closed the gap to two, making the score 7-9. And that goal ignited the team. The Bulldogs' Ryan Butts (#5, BSM, MN) passed to McNamara, who buried a 12 yard shot, giving UMD another goal. Now down one, the Bulldog's defense took over, repeatedly extending play, causing turnovers, and clearing the ball flawlessly. And the offense responded in kind. Gaydos took a beautiful feed from senior four-year starter Ben Blaeser (#3, Champlin Park, MN) and tied the game at nine.

Two younger Bulldog midfielders then took over scoring at that point. Drutowski and Murphy each netted their second goal of the day. And that put the Bulldogs up by 2 goals, 11-9.

"Many people were wondering how we were going to replace two of the better scoring midfielders we'd had at Duluth when Brandon Nispel and Max Thomas-Olson graduated" noted assistant Brian Hochman, "but we're confident in Matt and Stan, and they got the job done today."

The Gophers did not "go lightly into the good night" and competed hard all fourth quarter. In fact, with less than a minute left, the Gophers were man-up, but could not convert. The clock sounded, the Bulldogs earned one more victory this season, and made one more notch in the winning column in the Bulldogs-Gophers rivalry. The final score at the end of the fourth quarter was 11-9 for the Bulldogs.

"The Gophers are a good team. We made some adjustments at halftime and into the 4th which helped us. The defense locked it down, and we started to play our game on offense. "said head coach Frank Clark.

The Bulldogs now stand 3-0 in the UMLC and overall.

"Being down going into the fourth quarter didn't phase the players. They rallied around each other and kept fighting through. The credit goes to the guys for taking back control of a game and showing no quit," said Litman.

Next weekend on Saturday, March 3, the Bulldogs head to St. Cloud to play against St. Cloud State University at the Husky Stadium.

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