LEAVENWORTH – The Raven Men's Lacrosse team wrapped up the regular season on Tuesday as they took on No. 10 University of St. Mary in conference play.
It took a two fourth-qaurter goals by USM (6-6, 3-1 KCAC) to avoid the upset bid by Benedictine (5-6, 2-3 KCAC) as the Spires outlasted the Ravens 10-9.
St. Mary's used a five-goal second quarter to erase a 2-1 lead by Benedictine to lead 6-5 at halftime. Both team scored a total of four goals in the second with the Spires connecting on the game-winning goal with 1:58 left in the game. Benedictine had one shot over the final 1:06 as they narrowly missed out on the upset.
Kyle Tomc led the Ravens with three goals, followed by Peter Girard and Brendon Boh with two goals. Kenny Hershberger and Trevor Svoboda added a goal each. Mihail Sourgiadakis, Svoboda, Daniel Lagenfeld and Ethan Novacek recorded an assist to round out the Ravens offensive effort.
Zach McGuff earned the start in goal for the Ravens and played all 60 minutes. He finished with nine saves in the loss.
The Ravens forced the Spires into a game-high 28 turnovers while tallying 15 caused turnovers. Tyler Santini led the defensive effort with five caused turnovers while Tomc finished with three.
Benedictine has qualified for the KCAC Championship Tournament on April 20 back in Leavenworth as the No. 4 seed as they have the tiebreaker over St. Ambrose University who could still finish at 2-3 with two games remaining in conference play.