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The University of Dallas men's lacrosse team opens the 2018 season on Saturday versus Huntingdon College. Game is slated for a 3 p.m. start and will be at a new location on the Dallas campus. Formerly home to the soccer programs, UD men's lacrosse will be playing all the home matches on that field this spring.
Dallas is led by second-year head coach Sam Ashton, who will have a roster of 23 players this season. The Crusaders went 2-12 during the 2017 campaign.
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THREE THINGS TO NOTE FOR UD
- Christian Lopez (Las Vegas, Nev.) returns for his sophomore season in the goalkeeper position. His debut year saw him log 235 saves, a 52.7 save percentage, and 17.00 saves-per-game (3rd NCAA DIII).
- Peter Early (San Antonio, Texas) has led the offense in goals his first two years. He netted a career-high 20 goals last season.
- Tyler Smith (Snoqualmie, Wash.) scored 15 goals and tallied six assists for 21 points, which was second on the squad for each of those columns.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Dallas has dropped meetings the past two seasons, including a home match in 2016.
- The Hawks went 10-8 last season. This included 4-5 in away matches.
- Huntingdon scored 184 goals and averaged 10.22 per game.
- Top scorer Kendrick Ballard is back on the team. He totaled 37 goals and finished with 41 points.
- Austen Saucier is another top scorer back with 22 goals from the previous year. He added six helpers for 28 points.
- Jackson Schrampfer is the only player back that dished double-digit numbers for assists with 13.
- Matt Murphy was the goalie that had the most playing time last season with 957:57 minutes. He garnered 187 saves and had a 56.3 save percentage in all 18 starts.
Dallas starts the season with five-of-six contests at home. The next game on that stretch will be on Sunday, February 18th versus Marian University.