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Middle Of The Road - By Michael Synek

Redbirds vs. Lions a solidified program against a typical college club program, Missouri vs. Illinois and the Redbirds first conference game. We met Lindenwood at O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, IL to have a showcase game of two completely different GRLC school. O’Fallon Township High School hosted us to also boost the awareness of lacrosse in this area. It was a very slow game to start with as the wind and rain kept coming down. Lindenwood pulled away in the end beating us 13-4. One day of rest came for ISU on Friday and then it was back to the open road to take on Purdue on March 27th.

The weather decided to corporate for the game against Purdue and Illinois State came out with something to prove after losing in overtime to the Boilermakers last year. We came out with a firing and got up 8-1 at halftime. That would be enough to put away the Boilermakers and the Redbirds eventually put in 6 more goals before the game ended. Purdue’s close defense had more points than their whole offense combined, proving that our defensive unit had a solid day. ISU had 8 different scorers on the day with a many freshman players notching their first college lacrosse points. It was an all-around great performance by the Redbirds and really showed that we are going to be tough competitors in this conference and are not going to go away lightly.

On to the open road again as we traveled from West Lafayette, Indiana to Bloomington, Indiana a 2 hour trip. We were scheduled to take on the Indiana Hoosiers the following day if the weather was going to hold out for us. Another conference game that would give a good picture for playoffs and a must need win for the Redbirds. Sunday morning came and it was rainy and cold. Indiana plays on a recreation field and from what information we were told any rain that field gets, all scheduled play on the field is cancelled. The referee crew that was from the game on the previous day, Missouri played Indiana at this field, was called off. A separate officiating crew was not contacted until 10:00 AM the day of the game. Leaving the referees to arrive at 1:30 PM when the game was scheduled for 1:00. A penalty plagued first half lead to Indiana taking the lead 8-4. The game was postponed at half-time due to field conditions. This game will be re-scheduled for the weekend of April 17th. It would have been appreciated to be informed of what was really going on as both teams stood in the rain for more than an hour to have the game stopped at half-time and the whole situation was handle very unprofessionally. It was a long weekend to say the least for the Redbirds. We have taken this week to recover and prepare for our next game.

Illinois State will take on long standing rival University of Illinois Wednesday April 7th at Hancock Stadium in Normal, IL. The game is scheduled for 7:00 PM and will prove to be a hard fought battle. Illinois has beaten some very talented teams this spring so this game will be a test of two very talented clubs. Conference play is going to mount in the next couple of weeks so make sure to check back for updates.


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