Flying High in the Fall: 10/25/10
The UD Men's Lacrosse team took on the Spartans of Michigan State in first of two games this past weekend. The Flyers drove three hours to Trine University, in Angola, Indiana only to walk away with two wins to close out their fall ball season.
The Flyers opened up with an epic, hard-hitting battle against the Spartans and finished with an OT thriller against Trine. Flyers went back and forth with the Spartans and ultimately pulled away during the 3rd quarter with six unanswered goals. The Flyers were soaring at this point and didn't look back until the final whistle. However, the Spartans tallied a few late scores, making the final 11-8.
The Flyers had a short 20 minute break before the start of their second game against Trine University, a NCAA DIII team. A rough start for the Flyers as they fell behind 3-1 early in the game, but slowly got it together and inched themselves back into the game.
The Flyers had a one goal lead with under a minute left to play, but a last minute turnover gave the Thunder hope. Just seconds later, the Thunder scored a goal to even things up at 12-12, forcing over-time play.
Both teams had a shot to end the game, but neither could find the back of the net. With less than three minutes remaining, the Flyers called a timeout to strategize. Within minutes of the timeout, the Flyers had two opportunities to end the game, but it wasn't until sophomore Will McCormick, got a loose groundball and went straight to the cage taking on three defenders and finding the back of the net that the Flyers celebrated the win. As a result, the final score was 13-12 in favor of the Flyers.
These games concluded the Flyers fall ball season with a perfect 8-0 record. The Flyers will have two months for off-season conditioning and will resume practice January 15th when they return from Christmas break.
Dayton Lacrosse Sweeps St. Louis: 10/18/10
The University of Dayton Men's Lacrosse Team left campus late Friday afternoon to head on down to St. Louis where they played three intense games in scrimmage format. The three games consisted of two - 25 minute running clock halves, with a 10 minute halftime.
The Flyers first took on the Tigers from the University of Missouri in a hard fought battle where they pulled out the 'W'. In terms of team play, the Flyers played their best lacrosse in the first half of this game, as they jumped out to an early lead and held the Tigers to two goals.
The Flyers then tackled Missouri Baptist in their second game. It was a much closer game in the scoring column. The Flyers midfield was well balanced amongst the first and second lines, and the attack held their own. Defensively the Flyers looked sluggish; however, Alex Reynolds made a few spectacular saves to keep the Flyers in the game. It wasn't until late in the second half when the Flyers began to pull away to squeak out the 'W'.
In the last and most exciting game of the day, the Flyers met the Fighting Illini from Illinois. The teams were watched evenly on the field. The Illini compete in a higher division and have a large draw of student athletes to pull from. The Illini topped the GRLC rankings last year with an overall record of 12-2. It was an even match of two excellent defensive teams on the field.
After the Flyers jumped to an early lead, the Illini began chipping away with goals of their own. With the score tied at 7-7 at the end of regulation, a five minute overtime was authorized. With the 5 minutes posted on the scoreboard, with one time-out issued a sudden - death format was started (first to score wins). The Flyers wasted no time, as they possessed the ball and had several chances to end the game. With less than three minutes remaining, junior midfielder Sean "Street" Hartnett netted a nice bounce shot to end the game - from a high crease feed from John "JJ" Morrow. Selfless team play led to this score.
Although all three games were filled with excitement, none of these scrimmage games count for, or against the Flyers overall record. The Flyers currently are undefeated with a record of 6-0 during their fall ball season. They travel one last time before the Fall ball season comes to an end to play MSU and Trine University.
Fall Ball: 9/29/10
The University of Dayton men's lacrosse team traveled north to North Canton, OH, this past weekend where they took on both Walsh University and the University of Buffalo. Both games were played at Walsh University.
As for the Flyers, their team play was excellent and the team really established a strong chemistry. "It felt like we've been playing together for years," said Christian Furbay, a junior All- American attackman and team captain.
Offensively the Flyers shot really well, scoring a combined 20 goals between the two games. Defensively, the Flyers held Buffalo and Walsh to a combined three goals. With a great deal of communication on the field, the Flyers were able to dominate the opponent in both games.
The Flyers will continue to practice up until Fall Break (October 6), and then will return to campus by October 8 in order to travel north once again to take on Oberlin College located in Cleveland, OH.
Alumni Game: 9/19/10
The University of Dayton Men's lacrosse team hosted the annual Alumni game this past Saturday at NCR Field. In a tough fought battle, the current UD lacrosse team beat the Alumni 6-5. After a slow start with zero goals scored by either team, until the 2nd quarter, the game quickly picked up with back-to-back goals one after another. Game play was quite sloppy, but with the current team fully underway with their season, the Flyers will be looking sharp in no time.
Thanks to all the alumni who made back to UD for such an epic event. Without you guys the program wouldn't be as successful as it is. The Flyers will continue to practice throughout the week of September 20th, and will travel north to North Canton, OH, this coming weekend to take on Walsh University and the University of Buffalo.
Teamwork makes the dream work: 9/9/10
After the first official team meeting this past Wednesday, the University of Dayton Men's lacrosse team will once again strive for a National Championship. Head Coach Charlie Mark will have the team begin practice on Tuesday, September 7. The team will practice at NCR Field located just minutes from the heart of campus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The Flyers return all five of their top scorers from last year, with a lot of new talent amongst the freshman class. With the loss of a few key seniors, the Flyers will rely on new team president, Alex Reynolds to lead them to victory in the 2010 Fall season. On the defensive side of ball, the Flyers return keys defenders in Matt Dowd, Steven Hurst, Blaise Liederbach, and Tim Griffith. Alex Reynolds, the current team president, will anchor the defense in-between the pipes.
Having been to Denver, CO for the past two years in a row, the Flyers strive to go undefeated once again in the CCLA regular season play. Winning the CCLA Championship two years in row, really sets the bar for the Flyers and anything less seems unacceptable.
CCLA Championship: 8/13/10
Season Ending Note: 7/27/10
Our University of Dayton Flyers had a great experience in 2010 because each UD Lacrosse Student Athlete and their Families make the commitment to our group effort.
-We are ranked #1 in our division
-We won our CCLA Championship on Apr 30th
-We finished the season ranked #2 in the MCLA D II polls going into the MCLA Tournament Championship.
To play lacrosse at UD - you MUST keep your humility, learn our system to play together, and simply enjoy the art-of-our-sport --- by being part of 50 Student Athletes working to execute collectively as a team.
Again this past year, we were invited to the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Tournament in Denver, CO, where we enjoyed 6 days of lacrosse - we lost in the quarter finals at Dick's Sporting Goods Stadium (not how we wanted to end up :-) ). These events will be something our players will always treasure. The friends they made, they will keep for life.
Right now, lacrosse at the University of Dayton is a non-sponsored Sport. Our players and our Parents ñself fundî 70% of our working capital. We play top-notch lacrosse, and we are competitive with the NCAA DIII teams we play.
The UD Lacrosse program exemplifies a focus on a student athlete's Body, Mind, and Spirit (BMS):
-Fifty Student Athletes coming together to build, fund, and facilitate a nationally recognized sports program ranked
-Democratically chosen Captains of all UD Classes mentoring, sharing skills, knowledge, and the typical hurts and pains they experience together
-Personal prayer, promises, and commitment to each other before every contest
-A demonstrated desire to bring pride to each other, our University, and their families
-Belief and trust in each other, knowing every team member does their absolute best, and works to exhibit a selfless sportsmanship towards our opponent, yet we all , 'leave it on the field - it's all about respectful, relentless tenacity'.
Our student athletes demonstrate the values of BMS. Every lacrosse player adds value. Many individuals learn qualities that carry over into the classroom. They build their future job work ethic through our program. Our three weekly practice times mandate that their personal time management processes are in place to ensure each player allows for their studies. Accomplishing these tasks as a group fosters friendship, responsibility, and organizational skills. Our guys hang together.
We create and maintain this environment of trust. UD Lacrosse players embody loyalty in their desire to lend a hand to their teammates socially, educationally, and spiritually. We are ONE - no one is special.
Each member in our program has a specific role on the team - and on the field. UD Lacrosse serves as a means for individuals to gain friendships. It provides them a Buddy System, which they can and do lean on.
The UD Lacrosse Coaching Staff are there 24/ 7 to help in any way, for any reason. We understand -- sometimes smart college kids,,,, do stupid things.
Message here - If you decide to come to the University of Dayton -- we will be your family away from your family.
My advice to you is, stay focused, practice your leadership skills on the field, be the player who never gives up on the ground ball, demonstrate a relentless ride, be that catalyst that brings your school's team play to the next level. Great players win games - GREAT Teams win Championships.
Davenport/St. John Highlights: 4/3/10
Flying High: 3/15/10
The University of Dayton traveled north to Grand Rapids, Michigan this past weekend in order to play two of their most important games of the season. On Friday, March 12, the Flyers took on Davenport University in a back and forth scoring battle. The Panthers of DU were the first to light up the scoreboard, but the Flyers were right behind them with a goal of their own. The two teams traded goals all night. The misty weather added a nice element to the close battle, but the real excitement took place late in the fourth quarter.
With the game tied at 12-12, and under 1:30 left to play in the game, head coach Charlie Mark called a time-out to talk it over with his team. The Flyers possessed the ball for the remaining minutes only before team president and captain Zach Burke found the back of the net with one-tenth of a second on the clock. The Flyers sideline erupted as the bench cleared and the dogs piled. The Flyers improved to 3-0 with the win over Davenport University.
The following day, the team took on the St. Johns Johnnies at Davenport University on yet another rainy day. The Flyers continued the momentum from the previous night right from the start as they jumped to a 10-3 lead at half. The Flyers tallied three more by the end of the third quarter. Junior Gerry Jehling led the Flyer offense with four goals and one assist to help the team beat the Johnnies. Freshmen Will McCormick also tallied four goals and played a big role in the Flyers' success over the weekend.
The Flyers defense played solid in both games over the weekend. Freshman goalie Jeff Haberman played spectacular against St. Johns, tallying 16 saves. Overall, the Flyers took care of business as they extended their record to 4-0 with six games remaining on their regular season schedule. The Flyers host Grand Valley State at home on Saturday, March 20.
UD on YouTube: 3/8/10
Dayton Opens the Season: 2/18/10
The Flyers opened up regular season play in an intense overtime thriller against Elon, which resulted in a 10-9 Flyer victory. The game was played indoors on a turf field provided by Wall 2 Wall Sports Complex on Friday, Feb. 12. The Flyers were led by sophomores Christian Furbay and Connor Carroll, each tallying three goals for the team on Friday night. At the start of the game, there were a lot of forced shots and passes, suggesting the rust of the first game of the season. The second half was much better for the Flyers as they gained control of the game and slowly fought back. In the closing minutes of overtime, junior John Morrow made a spectacular play on the goalie, which led to an open netted goal and a win for the Flyers. Defensively, the Flyers were led by their goalie play in junior Alex Reynolds, who tallied 16 saves in the win over Elon.
The very next day, the Flyers headed to Turpin High School, located in Cincinnati, for their second game of the weekend against SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). SCAD drove from Savannah, Georgia and was certainly ready as the game once again came down to the closing minutes. The Flyers came out of the gates a little flat and had trouble finding the back of net. With drive and determination, the Flyers were able to come back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Bees. Late in the fourth quarter, freshman Will McCormick came up big with two goals: one to tie the game at 6-6, and shortly after a goal to take the lead at 7-6. The Flyers were able to hold on to their lead and finished the weekend 2-0.
Many thanks to John Furbay who made Saturday game against SCAD possible as he was able to get TurpinÕs field and facilities booked and ready for the teams to use. Also, thanks to both Elon and SCAD for making the trip to Cincinnati in order to play both of these games. Without these two games, the Flyers could have been in some trouble down the stretch. The Flyers continue their play with a game against the visiting Harding Bisons Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2:00 p.m. The game is scheduled to be played at Gettler Stadium but is subject to change due to weather conditions.
UD vs. Michigan State University: 2/2/10
Last Friday, January 29, the Michigan State MCLA DI team traveled south to take on the Dayton Flyers in a preseason scrimmage. The scrimmage was played at Wall 2 Wall Sports Complex, located in Mason, Ohio, about 35 minutes from UDÕs campus. The scrimmage consisted of two 20-minute running clock halves and was followed by man-up and man-down situations for both teams. The scrimmage resulted in a 5-4 win for the Spartans, but the game will not count toward either teamÕs record.
As for the Flyers, goalie play was phenomenal as junior Alex Reynolds started the game and was later replaced by sophomore Ben Domyancic, who also played very well. The FlyersÕ defense looked strong as returning players Steven Hurst, Matt Dowd, and Tim Hartnett held the Spartans to five goals.
The Flyer offense has a lot of potential to put up big numbers this year as it proved to be solid all around. The Flyers' starting midfield consists of star-studded seniors Kevin Bell, Patrick Weinandy, and Andrew Clayback. With these three guys at the helm of the offense, the Flyers bring a lot of experience to the offensive side of the field. The team would like to extend a big thanks to the traveling MSU Spartans. Driving four hours for a scrimmage is a lot to ask of a team, but the Spartans made their presence felt both on and off the field. Many thanks to those parents who attended the game and best of luck to both teams in their upcoming 2010 campaigns.
Flyer Fall Ball: 1/4/10
The Flyers began their Fall Ball season with a win against the University of Kentucky in a close game, resulting in a final of 11 Ð 10. However, the highlight of the Flyers' Fall Ball season came with a win over DIII Lindenwood University. In a very physical, hard fought battle, the Flyers were able to take an early lead. As Lindenwood slowly came back, the Flyers were able to score late to assure victory with a final score of 10 - 9. This was the first time in team history that the team has defeated Lindenwood, and it couldnÕt have been done without the consistent goalie play of Sophomore Ben Domyanic. The Flyer defense has been anchored by Sophomores Matt Dowd, Blaise Liederbach, and Junior Stephen Hurst. Offensively, the Flyers return seven of their top 10 scorers from last season.
In addition to the Lindenwood and Alumni games, other Fall Ball season highlights include victories over Walsh University and Missouri Baptist. The team traveled to Angola, Indiana where they defeated Indiana Tech and DIII team Trine University. The Flyers completed their Fall Ball schedule with an exciting game at Springboro High School against the University of Cincinnati, tallying an overall record of 8-2.
With a highly motivated and competitive team, influential senior leadership, along with a strong cast of returning players, the Flyers also welcome several newcomers, who will have an immediate impact on the field for the Flyers. Division III transfers Connor Carroll (Lynchburg College) and Gerry Jehling (Roanoke College) have strengthened the Flyers midfield, as well as contributing a strong understanding of the game. Other newcomers include freshman Will McCormick, Andrew Urban, and Jeff Haberman, all of which will see playing time in the upcoming Spring Season.
Flyers Host First Ever Alumni Game: 1/4/10
The Flyers hosted their first annual Alumni Game this past Fall. With the help of parents, friends, current players, and former players, the Flyers were able to organize an Alumni game on October 24, 2009 which resulted in a win for the young guys.
Head Coach Charlie Mark refereed the game, which ended with a final score of 8-6 in favor of the current Flyers. Win or lose, the Alumni game was successful in all aspects and at the end of the day, everyone was all smiles, especially during the barbeque that followed. Of the Alumni who returned for the game, notable players include 2009 graduates Alex Urban and Alex Walter, as well as 2008 graduate Chris Jehling.
In regards to the first ever Alumni game, we would like to thank all of those Alumni and parents who traveled to UD in order to be a part of something as special as this. Most importantly, this event was a great success and it couldnÕt have been done without the help of parents and those Alumni who helped organize it. We as a team hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season and best of luck to all in 2010!