Andersson equals single-game goalscoring record in win over Saint-Thomas d’Aquin
Wheeling, WV — After picking up a big win at home last time out, the Wheeling University men’s lacrosse team (2-5, 0-1) had two straight games on Saturday beating St. Thomas Aquinas 14- 3. The offense exploded for a record six goals in the second quarter and used that momentum to claim their second win of the season.
It was a big day for the second-year forward mike andersson, who tied the single-game record with seven goals in the win. He tied Wheeling Lacrosse alum Derek Downs, who spent time in the National Lacrosse League with the New York Riptide, for the most goals scored in a single game. Andersson scored four of his seven goals in the six-goal second quarter and tied for the most goals scored in a game since Downs scored seven against Florida Tech on March 4, 2017. Anderson was one of three multi-scorers goals for the Cardinals, with Jake Wodarek (3) and Brody Fawver (2) each scoring repeatedly.
First-year student Ty Taylor ended the day with his first career goal.
Wheeling was looking to keep the momentum from their thrilling overtime victory going and was first on the board this afternoon. The Cardinals controlled the ball early, taking three shots in the first 10 minutes of the game. Jake Wodarek would then take the ball in his hands and head for the net. He took his shot and found the back of the net to give Wheeling a 1-0 lead. The team went back and forth for the remainder of this first quarter, with the teams trading the next four shots. With 30 seconds left in the first quarter, Andersson started with the first of his seven goals of the night. Matt Andersn brought the ball upfield and fed Andersson who found the net and gave Wheeling a 2-0 lead after one.
The second quarter started the same way the first quarter ended when Andersson got a pass from Wodarek and gave him a 3-0 lead. Two minutes later, Wodarek was back on the board when he received a pass from Jacob Knippel and Wheeling increased their lead to 4-0. The Cardinals ended their scoring spree early in the second quarter when Andersson scored the hat trick with his third goal of the day. Brody Fawver got the assist and Wheeling led 5-0 with 11 minutes left before halftime. Three minutes later, Knippel was on the board for the first time of the day in the seventh minute and Wheeling had a 6-0 lead. The Spartans scored their first goal of the day in the sixth minute, and Andersson scored two more goals in the final two minutes as Wheeling led at halftime 8-1.
At the start of the second half, Wodarek became the second Cardinal with a hat trick on the day he scored two minutes into the third. After that things slowed down a bit as neither team came up on the board for the next six minutes if a game was played. The Spartans broke the drought with a goal in the seventh minute which made it a 9-2 game. Neither team scored for the final seven minutes, and Wheeling moved into fourth with the same scoreline. Andersson was still sitting five goals into the final 10 minutes. St. Thomas d’Aquin scored one more goal in the fourth quarter, but attention would turn to the record.
However, the fourth quarter started with the second Brody Fawver make it go to the attacking side of the ball. His first goal came in the 11th minute of the fourth quarter thanks to a pass from Knippel. Five minutes later, Fawver scored again on another pass from Knippel and turned a 9-2 game into an 11-2 game. Then, mike andersson found himself within a goal of the record when he put a goal unassisted into the net. He would tie the record at 2:50 on a pass from Adam Zdanowicz to bring it to 13-3. While the final goal was not a record, it was a big goal obtained in the first year Ty Taylor. Taylor scored his first collegiate goal with less than a minute to play and made the final score 14-3.
The Wheeling University men’s lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday, March 19, when they take on Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) opponent Mercyhurst at 3 p.m.