MLAX: Berg stays hot, Wernerspach scores seven

MLAX: Berg stays hot, Wernerspach scores seven
  • Wernerspach scores seven as MLAX wins 25-12
  • Selfridge and McCarthy each add six goals
  • Bruder, Berg stay undefeated

TIFFIN -- A 13-goal second period propelled the Heidelberg University men's lacrosse team to a 25-12 win over Franciscan University. The Berg set a new record for most goals in a game with 25, breaking their previous record of 16.

Senior captain Matt Wernerspach led the charge scoring seven goals and adding two assists. Sophomore Nick Selfridge scored six goals and tallied two assists while Patrick McCarthy also scored six times and dished up two assists.

Alex Bruder was spectacular between the pipes. The freshman made 14 saves, allowing just eight goals.

Freshman Liam Weaver shined in his collegiate debut, scoring four goals and contributing an assist.

90 seconds into the contest, Brock Hodson found Wernerspach for his first goal of the afternoon. Wernerspach scored twice before the end of the first, while the Student Princes got two goals from McCarthy and one from Selfridge.

The Berg kept the pace in the second, scoring four times within the first five minutes. After two Franciscan goals, Heidelberg closed out the half on a 9-0 run. A number of Student Princes scored throughout the run, including Noah Messerall -- his first collegiate goal.

HU tacked on three goals in the third -- two from Weaver and one from Wernerspach -- giving the home team a comfortable 21-9 lead.

The Barons scored four times early in the fourth to cut into the Student Prince lead. Undaunted, HU answered with four goals to close out the contest.

The Berg was an efficient 28 of 40 on faceoffs. A trio of Student Princes -- Selfridge, Messerall, and Ty Garrett -- all contributed faceoff wins.

Barry Middleton and Messerall picked up seven ground balls each. Hodson caused a team-high three turnovers.

The Berg outshot the Barons, 60-39. Franciscan took advantage of man-up opportunities, going 4 of 7 as HU struggled (1 of 6).

Heidelberg will hit the road as the team travels to Concordia University (Ill.) on Tuesday. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.