February 14, 2012

Riddle, Sonoma State Power Past Huskies

from press release

SEATTLE, Wash. - On a nippy Sunday afternoon just of the shores of Lake Washington, Sonoma State Men's lacrosse kicked off their season emphatically with a lopsided, 14-4 win over the University of Washington in front of 'Noma Nation diehards and alumnus who had made the trip up north.

"It's was important for us to start of the season with a win like this. We needed this confidence going forward," said senior keeper Mike Clothier. "We've been working hard all offseason and today it showed."

Crease finisher Kyle Riddle netted a career-high six goals for the Seawolves, whose offensive unit was dominant for a solid portion of the game. Feeds from fellow attackmen Matt D'Angelo, Zach Blackman and Matty Gillan were consistent throughout the game.

"I really have to thank my team," said Riddle, a high school All-American at Amador High. "My job is just to finish all the hard work that they started."

While the Seawolves did not trail once during the match after leaping to a 4-1 advantage in the first quarter, the Huskies were not going to relent easily. Washington cause havoc in the second quarter, forcing turnovers and creating possession time, bringing the score within two goals.

However, an unassisted effort by defensive midfielder Brian Ponzi and a mercurial low to high shot by Riddle gave the Seawolves a 6-2 edge at the half.

Head coach Doug Carl noted that letting teams sneak back into games had been an ongoing theme with the club and has made strides with the team to prevent comeback attempts.

"I think it's a little because these kids grew up in California," said Carl. "I think we get ahead of teams enough so guys think its okay to just 'chill'. I've been working on a solution for years."

It was largely all Big Blue from there, with the defense allowing just two more goals the rest of the way. Clothier had a fantastic day for the Seawolves, coming up huge with dive saves and kick stops to lead the defensive unit for the day team

"We let them back in the game a bit in the 2nd quarter, but the defense responded well and held them off for the rest of the game," said Clothier. "Playing a top ten team (Oregon )next week, we should have a little more confidence going in."

The Seawolves will play their home opener next week against the #8 University of Oregon Ducks next Sunday at Cossack Stadium with a 1 p.m. faceoff. The game will be broadcast via LaxTV and live updates will be available via the team's official Twitter, @NomaLax.

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