April 27, 2013
Vikings lock up third place in MLC
|Freshman Kevin Gleason's three goals and three assists Saturday helped Augustana lock up third place in the Midwest Lacrosse Conferenec with a 9-6 win at Concordia.|
MEQUON, Wis. - Freshman Kevin Gleason (Loyola Academy, Chicago, Ill.) had three goals and three assists Saturday to lead Augustana to a 9-6 win at Concordia. With the victory, Coach Kyle Hart's team locks up third place in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference and a berth in the league's postseason tournament. The Vikings improved to 11-5 overall and 8-2 in the conference, while the host Falcons fell to 9-7 and 6-4 in the MLC.
The game was tied at five-all as the clocked ticked past the 10 minute mark of the final period, but Gleason put the visitors ahead with a goal at 9:28. Gleason then assisted as sophomore Colin Haley (St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, Ill.) gave Augustana a two-goal lead with the Vikings a man up and 7:40 on the clock. Half a minute later, freshman Scott Davis (St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Overland Park, Kan.) used a Tim Fennelly (Littleton HS, Centennial, Colo.) assist to make it 8-5.
Colin Stephenson scored to get the Falcons within 8-6 with 3:51 left, but Gleason's third goal of the contest at the 2:34 mark wrapped up the day's scoring.
Concordia's Matt Larsen scored the only goal of the first quarter off a Marino Best assist. After Gleason tied it in the second, Best scored back-to-back goals to give the Falcons a 3-1 lead with 6:14 to play in the half. Augustana's Jesse Nagelberg (St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, Ill.) cut the Viking deficit to one at the break, scoring with the help of a Gleason assist at the 30-second mark.
Haley tied it at 10:27 of the third and sophomore Doug Barrie (Lake Forest HS, Lake Forest, Ill.) scored with 52 seconds left to put the Vikings up 4-3 after three.
Fennelly scored with a man advantage to start the fourth before Concordia answered with a pair of goals to tie it at five.
In addition to Gleason's big day, Haley scored twice and Fennelly finished with a goal and two assists. Sophomore Cody Burgdorff (Peak to Peak HS, Lafayette, Colo.) went the distance in goal, recording 13 saves for Augustana. He also snared a game-high 12 ground balls.
The Vikings now move on to MLC tournament play and will face either Carthage or Aurora on the road in a semifinal on Wednesday, May 1.