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Biola triumphs over UC Irvine in Home Opener, 16-11

Freshman Josh Agadoni puts the ball past the UCI goalie in Saturday's win.

Photo by E.M. Connally

Biola's defense was hot as well, breaking down the Irvine offensive strategy and keeping the ball on the other end of the field. Freshman goalie, Tim Mann, was an imposing wall with 20 saves on the game. UCI only managed two goals in the second quarter to Biola's four, the third from Agadoni to Campbell and the fourth, a blazing outside shot from Connally.

The Eagles came out just as hot after half time. Agadoni didn't hesitate to reestablish his presence, scoring two goals early in the half, the first, an amazing one handed, backdoor flip, and the second on a well timed pass from Connally. Even though Irvine managed to slide past one of their own, Campbell quickly answered back rounding out his hat-trick with a slick shot from the left side of the crease. Soon after, senior middie, Joel "Stitch" Buckhout added another on a fast break with the first goal of his career.

Biola's defense tightened up after that forcing Irvine to work hard for their next two goals which were matched by two more from Connally with assists from Sophomore Tommy Pocus and Campbell respectively. The Eagles continued their rally with two goals in the beginning fourth, the first from Campbell to Agadoni and the second from Agadoni to Connally.

Irvine wasn't finished, however, putting one in early in the ninth minute. But Senior attackman, Dave Crandall quickly answered with a hard shot of his own. The goal was called back on a penalty but Crandall was not to be denied. He put another one in a few seconds later on a picture perfect assist from senior middie John Tiffin. That goal was soon supplemented with another unassisted goal from Agadoni for his fifth strike of the game.

Irvine, now working from an eight point deficit, still had some life left in them, mounting a three point scoring rally in the next minute of play, but it would be too little to late. Midfielder, Josh Bouck, would end the game similarly to the way he started it on an assist from Agadoni. Irvine fought hard to the end, managing to score one more with three seconds left to play but in the end the Eagles took home the well deserved win. Glory and thanks be to God.

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by Joel Buckhout

2/08/03 - After a campus-wide PR blitz last week the Biola Lacrosse team scored a decisive win in front of an enthusiastic home crowd on Saturday, beating UC Irvine Anteaters 16 to 11. The Biola men came to play with high spirits evident long before the opening whistle.

Once the game was underway they didn't waste any time in sharing the spirit as Freshman middie Josh Bouck broke for the crease, firing a laser past the stunned UCI goalie less than ten seconds after the opening face off.

Even though Irvine answered back later in the quarter on a fast break, Biola's offense dominated the play through the rest of the first quarter. In the opening minutes of the second quarter freshman attackman Josh Agadoni gunned in an unassisted goal for Biola's second strike of the game. Irvine soon learned to fear number 4 as the young Agadoni would go on to have an all-star caliber game scoring five of Biola’s 16 goals and assisted on three others. But Agadoni wasn't the only one having a good day.

Just a few minutes later Senior middie and team captain Sean Connally found Freshman attackman Duncan Campbell for another tally on the Biola side of the board. Both Campbell and Connally would go on to have red letter days with a total of seven goals and four assists between the two of them.

 

Players of the Game
Offense
Defense
Name Goals Assists
Pts
Josh Agadoni
5
3
8
Sean Connally
4
2
6
Duncan Campbell
3
2
5
Josh Bouck
2
0
2
Josh Agadoni
Tim Mann
Joel Buckhout
1
0
1
5 g, 3 a
20 s, 11 ga
Dave Crandall
1
0
1
    Tommy Pocus
0
1
1
    Daniel Schmidt
0
1
1
    John Tiffin
0
1
1

 

2003 Game Summaries