After another successful week in Collegeville the Johnnie’s season is now fully underway. The Johnnies secured their first conference victory over Saint Cloud State University and had a successful scrimmage vs North Central College.
The Johnnies have another busy weekend ahead of them, facing off against the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Friday night at 6:30 and Missouri State Bears, Sunday at 10 am. The Bulldogs had their first game of the year against the University of Minnesota Gophers (MCLA DIV-I), which resulted in a 4-10 loss, making the Bulldogs hungry for this Friday’s game to kick off their season on a high note.
Keep an eye out for the Johnnie’s Senior Captains Cody Johnson (#25), Jared McComber (#5), and Brooks Armitage (#1). These seniors are making the most out of their final season and so far have not disappointed. Johnson and McComber are the roots of the team’s defense and enjoy making their presence known it for attack men and offensive middies alike. As for Johnnies Offense Armitage earned his was last year to 1st Team All-Conference Attack and 3rd Team All-America Attack, two titles that teams do not take lightly. With both offensive and defensive prowess instilled in these Captains will ensure that the Johnnies are as prepared as possible to take on the games to come.
As for Duluth, sophomore attack man Jacob Pitts (#4) facilitated the Bulldogs offense against their loss to the University of Minnesota and they will also rely on junior midfielder Cooper Carlson (#20) for leadership with their strong freshman class.
UMD beat the Johnnies 11-7 in their inaugural UMLC Div. II contest in their first game last season, and SJU is looking to NOT have history repeat itself. "We came out flat last year and they really took it to us. They are a tough team, and we really need to play our game to make sure it doesn't happen again," said SJU Head Coach Derek Daehn.
The star for the Missouri State Bears so far has been junior attack man Tim Harvatin. He has averaged 3.5 points per game thus far this season, making him the Bears most deadly weapon. Shutting down offensive players will be the key for the Johnnies in both games taking place this weekend. Bears have already had an active season leaving them with a 2-2 game record.
Both games will be played at the new Gagliardi Dome has become quite the asset for the Johnnies attracting teams from areas they normally would have to travel to compete against. We hope to see all Johnnie lacrosse fans at both games and as always “Go Johnnies!”