Sierra Nevada College’s men’s lacrosse team is now 3-0, after an impressive 9-7 win over Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. The latest victory for the Eagles followed prior road wins over the defending Division II Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) champions, U.C. Santa Cruz and Division I program U.C. Davis.
In defeating the Gaels, who lead the WCLL Division II with four wins, the Eagles had standout performances from goalie John McCaull, midfielders Max Huff and Cory Callahan, attackmen Steve Granelli and Jake McIntyre, and defenseman Sergio Orduna.
SNC was able to control the game behind 20 saves from their keeper, McCaull, and 14 of 19 faceoff wins by midfielder Todd Grimm. The Eagles were also able to out-hustle the Gaels in loose ball change-of-possession scenarios, taking 43 of 66 ground balls. Despite drawing twelve fouls and playing shorthanded while penalty time was being served, SNC also managed to only allow one man-down goal.
According to head coach Bruce Meierdiercks, SNC “has been able to effectively shut down the opponent’s top scorer in each game with defenseman Sergio Orduna.” Orduna, one of several transfers from Santa Rosa Junior College, is a member of the Mexican national team and will play in this summer’s World Championships in Denver, Colorado.
Meierdiercks is quick to point out that SNC’s offensive attack has been paced with balanced scoring through their first three games. Calhoun Boone leads the team with seven goals, Max Huff has scored two goals and dished out six assists, Logan Rooney has netted three apiece, and even an unlikely source—long-stick middie Jack Witt—has gotten into the scoring act with an efficient two goals on three shots.
The Eagles now hit the road for a game this Saturday at Pacific in Stockton, California, before hosting their first two home games against Humboldt State on April 13, at 1pm and San Jose State on April 20, at 1pm. Both games will be played at Squaw Valley’s synthetic turf field.
SNC closes out their inaugural season as a provisional member of the WCLL, ineligible for the playoffs, facing the University of Nevada in Reno on April 26, at 2pm.