It came down to the wire with two minutes left, as Metro lacrosse battled California State University San Marcos for the game-winning goal April 4.
With the score tied at 12, the Roadrunners’ defense couldn’t hold up the wall any longer and fell 13-12.
Metro kept the lead for a majority of the game, with at least a two-goal differential at the end of the quarter. CSUSM’s defense, however, became implausibly resilient to the Runners’ attack, causing them to fall in the end.
“It was a really well-fought game,” said junior midfielder Forest Lambert. “They’re a top 25 team and we really wanted to knock them off and we knew it was going to be a close game. We came out well and defense talked well. We just have to get better at ground balls and calling out picks.”
Sophomore goalie Bryson Olejnik was in net for Metro. With an overall 5.167 GAA, Olejnik stood strong for the Runners, but one shot whiffed past him to seal the deal for CSUSM.
“It was definitely a close game,” Olejnik said. “It’s a tough one to swallow. We really wanted that bad, but I think it all just came down to offense. We worked our tail feathers off. But ultimately, I think we played great all around. It’s just that we need to work on some stuff and get better.”
This game was the first time the team played at the Regency Athletic Complex. Home games are usually held at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
“We really wanted to play on this field and we were stoked that the school gave us the opportunity and everyone came out, so that was really awesome,” Lambert said. “I’d like to thank everyone that came out to support us. This is so cool.”
The Roadrunners currently sit 7-2 overall and 1-0 in their division, compared to their last season, in which they finished 2-7. They added nine new players and a new head coach, and are prepared to finish out the season on a high note.
“I think we learned a lot from this game and it’s going to get us ready for next week against Fort Lewis,” Lambert said.
Metro heads down to Cedar Fields in Durango for two games this weekend. The Runners face Fort Lewis April 11 at 4 p.m. and New Mexico April 12 at noon.