MLAX: Berg eases to lightning shortened victory

File photos by Doug Sampson
File photos by Doug Sampson

CINCINNATI -- In a game shortened midway through the third quarter due to lightning, the Heidelberg University men's lacrosse team picked up their second straight win by a final score of 18-4 at Mount Saint Joseph University.

Alex Bruder led all scorers with seven goals and two assists. Brock Hodson was next with five goals and Liam Weaver tallied a hat trick and two helpers on the day. Eli Haire, Jaydon Septer and Ryan Sinnema also tallied goals for the Student Princes.

With the win, Heidelberg ends their spring break road trip with a 2-2 overall record, while MSJ drops to 0-4 overall.

The Berg scored in flurries in the first two periods as they broke a 0-0 gridlock with five goals in the space of 3:35. Brock Hodson tallied his first of three first period goals to kick things off. From the ensuing faceoff, after a battle for the ball, Jaydon Septer set sail toward the goal and dispatched his first career goal.

Soon after Septer's goal, Liam Weaver -- who assisted on the first -- found the back of the cage for his eighth goal of the season. Hodson bagged his second of the game, just 16 seconds later before Alex Bruder scored to round out the first Heidelberg onslaught.

Tony Behler then scored for the Lions to bring a halt to the Berg's scoring run. However, they responded with a second five-goal drubbing in just 3:09 this time. In this run, Hodson completed his hat trick, and Alex Bruder tacked on three more goals.

Bruder finished the first 15 minutes with four goals and two assists for six points.

In the second period, the Student Princes got the scoring going again on a man-up play. Ryan Sinnema stepped up and intercepted a clearing pass. Sinnema then found Bruder on top of the crease unmarked where he slam-dunked his fifth of the game.

On the same man-up period, Hodson dispatched his fourth goal of the game before Sinnema got himself in on the scoring just two minutes later. The defenseman scooped up a ground ball in the defensive zone and marauded down field to slide a shot into the bottom corner of the net. The tally marked Sinnema's first career goal.

Hodson then kept pace with Bruder's scoring and netted his fifth of the game to extend the Berg's lead out to 14-3. Just 20 seconds later, Septer scooped up the faceoff win and as a result, Liam Weaver slotted in his hat trick goal for a 15-3 score line.

Closing out the first half, Eli Haire netted his first tally of the game, before Bruder capped off the scoring with two more strikes.

The scoring frenzy for the Student Princes was halted midway through the third quarter. With the Berg ahead 18-4, the game was called due to lightning in the Cincinnati area.

Septer was well on his way to continuing his dominance in the faceoff circle as he won 19-of-24 battles. Out of those faceoff wins, the freshman also scooped up a game-high 11 ground balls.

The Student Princes more than tripled MSJ's total on ground balls during the game. Behind Septer's 11, the Berg was led by Hodson and Eli Allen who each had three.

Connor Reese started in the cage for Heidelberg and stopped one shot on goal.

For the Lions, Kevin McClanahan netted a hat trick and Tony Behler added a goal. Noah Borgdorf had two assists. Austin Lowery tallied 16 saves in the two and a half quarters of play.

Heidelberg will return home to host Alma College on Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. start time at Hoernemann Stadium.