Friday’s festivities ended with the Central Christian College men’s lacrosse team playing their second and final home game of the season. The Tigers (0-4), played their inaugural home game last Friday in sub-freezing temperatures and snow. This week, the weather cooperated nicely, but the competition was much stronger.
The Tigers hosted the Ottawa University Braves, who were 3-5 in their eight previous games. They improved on that mark by handing the Tigers a 29-1 defeat. The Tigers had just ten players active for the contest with the Braves. Having to play all 60 minutes, with no substitutes, took its toll on the Tigers, and the Braves, in their third year as a program, were a very skilled team.
After the first 15 minutes of play, the Tigers found themselves trailing the Braves, 7-0. Fifteen minutes later when they went into the halftime break, the lead had grown to 11-0. In the third period, the Braves added nine more and took a 20-0 lead into the final 15 minutes of action. Less than a minute into the final period, the Tigers finally got on the board when freshman Marin Hernandez cut left and sprinted in front of the Braves goal. He fired a shot from about 10 yards out that went between the legs of the Braves’ net minder.
After the goal by Hernandez, the Braves scored nine more times to finish off the home time 29-1. With the loss, the Tigers are now 0-5 on the year. They will be back in action next weekend, playing two games on the road in Davenport, Iowa. They will play Friday against Saint Ambrose University, then again on Saturday against Columbia College on Saint Ambrose’s field.