Sherman's Magical Six Help Men's Lax Win Second Straight
With its first win of the campaign secured, the Oberlin men’s lacrosse team looked to march onward against a Mount Saint Joseph Lions squad that has been purring more than it has roared.
The Yeomen took advantage of this situation and pounced on the Lions, coming out with the win 18-11.
Sophomore Jesse Kane, one of the team’s four captains, and first-years Alex “Edge” Jacobs, Erik Strand and Nick Sherman all had hat-tricks in the match-up. But it was Sherman who stood above the others, tallying six goals in a contest that at first seemed to be another Oberlin signature start.
From the start, the Lions seemed to live up to their name, hunting the ball and getting three behind junior goalkeeper Drew Zambelli to go up early in the first quarter 1-3. This did not sit well with the Yeomen, who immediately picked up their level of play and began to make the Lions look like harmless kittens.
Kane and Sherman spearheaded the offense, scoring twice each while Strand contributed with an additional goal to begin a five-goal run that left Mount Saint Joseph dazed and confused as the Yeomen shifted their play into second gear.
Leading 5-3 and heading into the second quarter, the teams traded goals until the end of the frame when Kane and Sherman scored back-to-back goals to end the half with the Yeolaxers leading 10-6.
Coming out for the third quarter, the Lions tried to finally jump up and bite the Yeomen, finding no such luck, as a few pitchforks can do more damage than a pride with teeth and claws.
Another five-goal burst sealed the deal for the Yeomen prior to the fourth quarter. Play by Sherman, Strand, senior captain Ian Mark and two goals by Jacobs left the Lions like Scar after he was thrown off Pride Rock: powerless and beaten.
Fourth quarter goals by senior captain Bryan Harfenist and Strand rubbed salt in the wounds of a clearly beaten pride of Lions, ending the contest with another Oberlin win.
“It is great to see diversity in the goalscoring and to pick up another win,” Strand said. “Oh, and lacrosse.”
The Yeomen look to plow through another team when they play Medaille College this Sunday.