Top 10 Moments of 2017-18
Marian Men's Lacrosse Competes in Inaugural Season
All of the hype behind the beginning of the lacrosse era at Marian University finally became reality as the Sabre men's lacrosse program played their inaugural season.
The Sabres would close out their inaugural season 5-12 and 2-7 in MLC action with five of the losses being decided by three or fewer goals. The program's first win came in a 19-6 victory on the road at North Central (Minn.) where Nick Klotz led the Sabres with six goals and four assists for a 10-point game. The first home victory for the Sabres would come Saturday, March 31 when Marian was able to defeat Concordia Chicago 23-2 behind 10-point games from Klotz once again and Garrett Houlihan. Klotz would go on to earn a pair of Player of the Week honors during the season with Connor Houlihan earning the program's first weekly honor.
Marian closed out the year averaging 9.65 goals per game with six games where they managed double-digit goals. The Sabres were especially strong defensively where they ranked fourth in the MLC and 79th in the nation with 549 ground balls. Tommy Gerlach led the Sabres in the category all season long and finished the year with 88 ground balls and also led the team with 27 caused turnovers.
Klotz led the Sabres all season long and went on to earn Rookie of the Year honors in the MLC and a second-team All-MLC selection. The Farmington, Minn. native finished the year ranked second in the MLC with 71 points, third in the conference with 43 goals and fourth with 28 assists. The second-leading scorer for the Sabres, G. Houlihan, also earned All-MLC honorable mention recognition after scoring 39 goals with 49 points despite only playing in 14 games.