March 4, 2014

Sierra Nevada College’s men’s lacrosse team dominated Western Collegiate (WCLL) Lacrosse League Division I team UC Davis (1-4) last weekend at Dairy Road Field in Davis, CA in their first game. The Eagles posted a 16 – 3 victory over the Aggies to start the season. It was a promising start for the new team, led by head coach Bruce Meierdiercks. “It’s a good win, but we still have a long way to go,” said Coach Meierdiercks.

The Eagles controlled most of the game as Todd Grimm, a transfer from University of Miami, won 12 of his 14 face-offs. Other impressive performances came from Calhoun Boone on offense and Sergio Orduna on defense. Boone had 5 goals, including a picture-perfect behind-the-back shot. Orduna controlled his end of the field and did not let anything by him. He led the team with 5 takeaways, making it hard for the Aggies to get any shots on goal. SNC junior Kyle Rockwell added 2 goals and 3 assists, while sophomore co-captain Logan Rooney chipped in with 2 goals and 2 assists.

Outstanding goalkeeping performances were turned in by freshmen John McCaull and Robert O’Hare, who took turns minding the net. McCaull played the first half and had 7 saves with only 2 goals scored against him. O’Hare played just as well during the second half, picking up 5 saves and allowing only 1 goal.

The win shows proves the team has talent, even if  snow has prevented them from practicing on any field in the Lake Tahoe area. Practices have been held in parking lots, open clearings, on Tahoe beaches, and anywhere else they can find without snow. It has been hard for the team to work on stick skills and plays, but “it was a good performance overall,” said coach Meierdiercks. “I am very happy with how we played.”

Their next three games all are on the road. The Eagles travel to UC Santa Cruz (0-3) for a match-up with the defending WCLL Division II champions on March 8, followed by trips to play St. Mary’s College on March 15, and the University of the Pacific on March 29.