The Kalamazoo College men’s lacrosse team played their first ever game in school history on Saturday February 27. While it was a close game for the majority of the contest, it ended 13-3 in favor of host DePauw University.
The game started in a very sloppy manner which included a lot of unsuccessful clears and several turnovers committed by both teams. By the end of the first quarter DePauw jumped out to a 2-0 lead. However, Zach Morales K’19 scored the first ever goal in school history with an assist from Clapton Marquis K’17. Despite making it 2-1 midway through the second quarter, DePauw extended their lead to 3-1 before halftime.
Kalamazoo came out after halftime very strong, first-year Brett Fitzgerald scored thirty seconds into the third quarter to make it 3-2. The rest of the quarter was mostly dominated by DePauw as they scored three more goals until K found the back of the net again. Marquis found his name on the score sheet again with a goal, assisted by Kellen Radulski K’19 to make it 6-3 at the end of the third.
Despite all of the efforts shown by K up to this point, their much-smaller-than-average roster size came into play for the fourth quarter.
“We were pretty much gassed by the fourth quarter,” Blake Beauchamp K’17 said.
Kalamazoo only has 13 outfield players which means that they only have 4 substitutes that can be used throughout the entire game. In comparison, DePauw had 29 outfield players. Needless to say, K’s athletes had nearly run themselves into the ground by the time the final whistle blew.
A seven goal fourth quarter propelled DePauw to their 13-3 win, but there is debate that this first year Kalamazoo team showed great character on Saturday.
Kalamazoo has their first ever home game today at MacKenzie Field at 6:00 p.m. against Concordia Chicago. The team will be looking for a big crowd to back them up in their first ever home field experience.