Two games, two losses in the final seconds for the Braves.
Missouri Baptist University edged out a 9-8 win Friday against the Ottawa University men’s lacrosse team at Peoples Bank Field. Jaxon Haas scored the game-winning goal for the Spartans with 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
It was the second narrow loss for OU in its first two games of the season. The team fell on the road Tuesday at Benedictine College 11-10 on a goal scored with one second left.
Ottawa outscored Missouri Baptist 4-3 in the final quarter, including a goal by Aidan Baker, junior midfiedler, that tied the game 8-8 with 1:20 left.
The Braves kept pace with their opponent, grabbing an early 2-1 lead in the first quarter thanks to goals by sophomore midfiedlers Devyn Stowers and Matt Chichura. OU was down 3-2 at halftime, and came back to make it 5-5 in the third before Missouri Baptist scored two straight goals in the final three minutes of the quarter. Goals by Pearson Willis, junior attacker, and Baker at the beginning of the fourth quarter knotted the score up again, and set the stage for the thrilling finish.
The Spartans had a 34-20 advantage in shots, and a 24-11 advantage in shots-on-goal.
Baker led OU with three goals on seven shots. He also had two assists. Carson Davis, junior goalkeeper, tallied 15 saves.
Ottawa (0-2) is back home 7 p.m. Friday against Robert Morris University at Peoples Bank Field.