Cleveland, Ohio — The Cleveland State University lacrosse team closed out its home slate of games for the 2018 season Saturday with a 15-9 victory over Sacred Heart University. The Vikings imporve to 4-9 on the season with one game left to play.
Before the game, CSU recognized lone senior Parese Williams. He is the first senior in program history and will graduate at the end of the Spring 2018 semester. He also recently graduated from FBI Student Academy at CSU.
Head Coach Dylan Sheridan said Williams brings a maturity to the team that was valuable.
“He’s willing to talk about being the upperclassman, but we haven’t put all that responsibility on his shoulders,” Sheridan said. “He’s been awesome and the guys love him, and as a coaching staff, we were thrilled to have him.”
Sacred Heart got on the board first with a goal from Reed Avveduti, but CSU got two quick goals midway through the first period from Tristen Copeland and Jack Frickleton to gain a 2-1 advantage. SHU’s Max Tuttle drew the game even at two with a goal at the 4:48 mark in the first.
Two minutes later, CSU’s Nate Menendez scored unassisted to regain the lead for the Vikings. SHU’s Logan Liljeberg tied the score at three in the final moments of the first period.
The Vikings dominated the first half of the second period, getting a goal from Matt Manfredi and two from Tristan Hanna to open up a three-goal lead. SHU cut into the CSU lead with a goal from Joe Saggese, but Hanna struck again to push CSU’s lead back to three, 7-4.
Vikings goal keeper Stephen Russo saved two goals at the end of the first half to maintain CSU’s three-goal advantage going into the half. Russo ended first half with nine saves.
CSU started hot again in the second half with a Frickleton goal at the 13:50 mark. SHU found its way back on the scoreboard with a goal at the 7:13 mark.
Hanna struck again with 3:12 left in the third quarter for his fourth goal of the day to grow CSU’s advantage back to three.
The Vikings started yet another period hot, this time in the fourth. The Vikings got goals from Jared Stepka, Michael Wilson and Jason Sullivan in just over two minutes to built their lead to 12-6.
The Vikings struck again, this time from Nick Wendel, at the 10:27 mark to extend the lead to 13-6.
SHU started to gain momentum in the middle of the fourth period, and they rattled off three straight goals to close the Viking lead to four with just over six minutes remaining.
The Vikings did not fold, however, as two quick goals from Wendel and Wilson extended CSU’s lead back to six with 3:02 remaining.
The score held through the last three minutes, and the Vikings picked up the win, 15-9.
This marks the second consecutive year the Vikings have won their final home game.
Photo by Matthew Johns