CHICAGO—The Illinois Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team closed a two-game home swing with a Saturday-afternoon bout against Marian (Wis.) at Stuart Field. Having limited active players was too much for the Scarlet Hawks to overcome in their 19-7 loss to the Sabres.
Illinois Tech falls to 0-5, 0-3 NACC while Marian (Wis.) improves to 4-4, 1-2 NACC.
Marian (Wis.) 19, Illinois Tech 7
The Scarlet Hawks held a brief 2-1 advantage before the Sabres took control of the driver's seat for good with a 5-0 run that made the score 6-2 with 4:26 left in the first quarter. After the first quarter resulted in an 8-3 Sabres lead, the Scarlet Hawks rattled a trio of goals to open the second frame to narrow the score to 8-6 with 5:50 on the clock courtesy of Spencer Meace, Zane Handy and Aerex Freeman.
Illinois Tech couldn't close the gap further as they mustered just one more goal in the contest en route to a 19-7 loss.
Meace and Freeman each netted a pair of goals for the Scarlet Hawks, while Seamus Kinealy came through with a dominating defensive performance with a team-leading five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Scarlet Hawks goalie Jack Coyle registered a career-best 20 saves in the complete-game loss, while Cameron Nevins and Richard Summers III combined for 10 saves for Marian (Wis.). The Sabres were led by Finn Maloney's four goals and one assist; and Colt Robinson's two goals and five assists.
The Sabres outshot Illinois Tech 69-22.
The Scarlet Hawks will face Concordia Chicago in River Forest, Illinois on Tuesday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m.