Skyhawks’ season ends with Westminster

FLC men’s club lacrosse finishes just shy of nationals

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Skyhawks’ senior attacker Paul Larson had an eye for the goal this season. After the Fort Lewis College men’s club lacrosse team’s season ended Saturday in Grand Junction, Larson won the conference’s goals and points titles. Enlarge photo

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald file photo Skyhawks’ senior attacker Paul Larson had an eye for the goal this season. After the Fort Lewis College men’s club lacrosse team’s season ended Saturday in Grand Junction, Larson won the conference’s goals and points titles.

One team handed the Fort Lewis College men’s lacrosse team 50 percent of its losses this season.

The Westminster Griffins also ended the Skyhawks’ season Saturday with a 17-7 victory in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference championship game in Grand Junction.

“Playing their third game in as many days in brutal temperatures, missing a few players to commitments and battling illness and injury, the shorthanded Skyhawks never gave up, but they could not overcome a 7-0 deficit after the third quarter,” FLC coach Dan Riecks said in a news release to The Durango Herald.

The loss ensures that FLC will not get a bid in the national tournament next week.

Paul Larson and Grant Arthurs each scored three goals, and Drew Larson added one against the third-ranked team in Division II men’s lacrosse.

The Skyhawks finish 14-4 overall after beating Metro State 18-15 in the first round of the tournament Thursday and Montana State 14-11 on Friday.

In the first game, the Skyhawks battled the Roadrunners to a 8-8 halftime score before taking the lead with a six-goal outburst in the third quarter.

Metro State responded with four goals in the final frame but couldn’t overcome Paul Larson’s seven goals.

Battling 100-degree heat on the turf and an 11-3 Bobcats’ side, FLC jumped ahead 6-1 in the first quarter, aided by goalkeeper Cody Viereck’s 15 saves against Montana State.

After a 9-5 score at the halftime break, FLC managed barely a minute of possession in the third quarter, allowing Montana State to add four goals to FLC’s one.

The Skyhawks didn’t win a single faceoff in the final quarter, but Paul Larson’s five goals and Kevin Harkey’s hat trick gave FLC enough to head to the championship.

Paul Larson led the conference in goals this season and Brian Lynch in assists. Paul Larson also led the conference in points, Harkey was second, Lynch was fourth, and Arthurs, who was named the team MVP, was 10th.

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