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Otterbein Men’s Lacrosse team loses in NCAA opening round at Adrian, 14-11

Graham Shippy scored 3 goals in his final college game

 

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Otterbein University men’s lacrosse team suffered elimination in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament Wednesday afternoon, falling 14-11 at Adrian College.

The Cardinals attempted to rally from a five-goal deficit in the second half, climbing to within 12-10 in the fourth quarter before ultimately coming up short.

“It was a great season, and the first thing that popped into my mind at the end was the efforts of these seniors,” head coach Colin Hartnett said. “Our thoughts immediately go with them and what they did to help get us from where we started to where we are today. They will be missed.”

Otterbein ends the season at 12-6 overall, its best mark since beginning play four years ago in 2010. Adrian, meanwhile, improves to 14-3 this season and advances to play No. 2-ranked Dickinson College (Pa.) on Saturday.

Graham Shippy

Otterbein showed little nerves and wasted no time scoring in its first-ever NCAA appearance. Freshman Carlos Salazar quickly won the opening faceoff and senior Andrew Donatelli netted a goal eight seconds later off an assist from Mikey O’Neal.

The host Bulldogs settled in and took a 4-2 lead midway through the first quarter, and led again at 5-3 as the second period approached the midway point.

Cardinal senior Graham Shippy tallied his third goal of the game at the 8:42 mark to bring Otterbein within 5-4, but Adrian bounced right back with a score from Tom Thielman three minutes later.

Defenseman Trevor Kujawski got the Otterbein crowd reenergized after scoring his second-career goal with 1:57 remaining in the first half, and Otterbein eventually went into halftime down just 6-5.

The Bulldogs came out firing in the second half, scoring four unanswered goals over the first eight minutes to open a 10-5 advantage.

Donatelli stopped the Adrian run with a goal on Otterbein’s next possession, and the Cards trailed 11-8 after back-to-back goals from Pat Teynor and Mike Dattolo to end the third.

“Adrian is a team capable of making big runs, and we got hit with one at the beginning of the second half,” Harnett said. “We made some adjustments and have a talented faceoff specialist in Carlos that helped us keep possession after scoring. When you have that, it gives you a chance to stop runs and get back in the game.”

Otterbein trailed 12-10 as the game clock ticked under 7:00, but the Bulldogs regrouped to score two goals in a 21-second span and hang on for victory.

Shippy and Donatelli both tallied three goals in the game to lead the Otterbein offense while Marcus Willis netted two of his own. Salazar picked up seven ground balls in winning 17 of the 27 faceoffs.

Cardinal goalie Adam Hatchard, the team’s reigning three-time Defensive MVP, finished with eight saves in his final collegiate outing.

Adrian finished with a slim 33-31 shot advantage, and committed just three penalties in the game while Otterbein was whistled for seven.

“It’s a disappointing loss, but I’m excited for the future of Otterbein men’s lacrosse,” Hartnett added. “This season was another great stepping stone in the right direction and I think we’re all excited to keep working hard going forward.”

 

PRESS RELEASE & PHOTOS COURTESY OF OTTERBEIN ATHLETICS

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