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Warriors fall short of first national title

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Warriors fall short of first national title

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WFFT) – The No. 1-ranked Indiana Tech men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 2-ranked Reinhardt University, 11-5, in the championship game of the 2022 NAIA National Invitational at Ashton Brosnaham Athletic Park. The loss snapped the Warriors 18-game winning streak and is the second straight season that Tech has been beaten by Reinhardt in the national championship game. 

Louis Czech, Nate Langille and Joe Solin all had a goal and assist while Andrew Ryan also scored and collected six ground balls. Emmett Coleman was the other goal-scorer to go along with two ground balls. Cooper Musseman added three ground balls while Jack Marquardt and Blaine Flanigan caused two turnovers. Kyle TwoBulls made nine saves and picked up three ground balls while taking the loss in the cage.

The Eagles won the opening faceoff and promptly scored 56 seconds into the game before pushing the lead to 2-0 with 9:30 to play in the opening quarter. Solin cut the deficit in half at the 7:33 mark, but Reinhardt answered with two more goals to make it a 4-1 game. Coleman scored with the Warriors down a man and seven seconds left in the first to make it a 4-2 game.

Tech cut the deficit to 4-3 with a goal at the 9:29 mark in the second from Langille, but Reinhardt answered back just six seconds later. Ryan brought the Warriors back within one at the 3:14 mark while Czech converted on a power play to tie the game up at 5-5 with 73 seconds left in the half. The Eagles struck quickly though, going back up with 43 seconds as Dillan Bousquet netted one of his three goals on the afternoon.

The Eagles controlled the game throughout the second half, outscoring Tech 5-0 and holding a 27-10 advantage in ground balls as they won their fifth straight national title.

Ryan, Samuel Bodley and Tom Piotrowski were all named to the All-Tournament Team following the game while Bousquet was named the Tournament MVP.

Tech finishes the 2022 season 18-1, tying their program record for most wins in a single season.

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