by Joel Buckhout
2/1/03 - The
Biola Lacrosse team suffered a bitter loss in their first game
of the 2003 season today against Claremont College, 18-2. After
getting a late start due to some discrepancy over which field
the game was to be played on, the Eagles took the field. Opening
with strong play on both sides of the ball, Biola's defense held
the explosive Claremont offense to just three goals in the first
Then, as the
second quarter opened Claremont broke the game wide open. Though
Biola's team captain, Sean Connally, found rope after an airtight
pass from Freshman middie, Josh Bouck, late in the half, the team
would never recover from the overpowering quickness and efficiency
of the Claremont fast break.
time, however, the Eagles regained their composure holding Claremont
to just six goals in the entire second half but the damage had
already been done. The fire was still evident in Freshman attackman
Josh Agadoni when he gunned one past the stunned Claremont goalie
with a sharp assist from Senior attackman David Crandall midway
through the fourth quarter.
Walkowski played a solid game on both defense and long stick middie
after picking up a long pole for the first time just three days
before "hell week" practice.
Freshman Goalie Tim Mann played
well in the goal with 14 saves and giving up just 18 goals.
Photo by E.M. Connally
Tim Mann also showed his true grit throughout the entire game
with a better then 43% save average.
please get open on the clears. Don't just wave your stick at me...it's
annoying," said Mann to the defense at halftime.
the Biola men showed their good sportsmanship and grace to the
Claremont team from whistle to whistle in spite of the score.
Though the Biola men lost they were never defeated. Glory and
thanks be to God.