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ISSUE 119 VOL 20 PUBLISHED 5/12/2006

Lacrosse wraps up stellar spring

By David Benson-Staebler
Contributing Writer

Friday, May 12, 2006

While varsity athletics receive the most publicity across campus, often forgotten are the club sports that train as often and as hard as their varsity counterparts. A prime example is the St. Olaf men’s lacrosse team.

The Oles finished fourth in the Upper Midwest Lacrosse League (UMLL) conference tournament at the National Sports Center in Blaine. The Oles scored first and led at halftime and well into the third quarter, but St. Cloud managed to turn around a four point lead by the fourth quarter.

The Oles scored in the final minutes, but it proved to be a case of a little too little, a little too late. St. Cloud defeated St. Olaf 15-14.

“Our finish is second best in the program’s history,” Jack Macintyre ’07 said. “Next year will be exciting due to the high percentage of returning players as well as many promising recruits.”

The Oles lose only Eric Holway, Colin Reily, Brett Barber and Kevin Ofestehage to graduation.

St. Olaf found particular success on the fast break, led by attackmen Greg Olson ’08 and Macintyre. Olson ranked third in the conference in total scoring, sporting 19 goals while leading the league in assists with 33.

Macintyre is a master of the “quick stick” – the lacrosse equivalent of basketball’s alley-oop. Macintyre ranked seventh in total scoring with 35 goals and six assists.

Macintyre, Jake Fischmann ’07 and Ofestehage took on informal captain and leadership duties, managing practices and league responsibilities.

“Joining the team this year was the best decision I have made since deciding to come to St. Olaf,” McDonald said. “As a player who had never picked up a lacrosse stick, I was a little worried about picking up the sport about a quarter of the way through the season. The guys were great at teaching me the game and were patient with me during the transition.”

Others praised the team’s cohesiveness. “The team showed phenomenal heart and determination,” Dan Nemcek ’08 said. “The commitment level was definitely positive.”

Ofestehage agreed, "I am excited to see what St. Olaf Lacrosse can bring to the future.

“I am leaving very confident. The younger guys on the team have a good chance to bring us to another level."

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