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By Nebraska Lacrosse, 04/23/15, 2:30PM CDT

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Nebraska defeats Iowa State, drops regular season finale to Iowa before GRLC playoffs


Senior midfielder Phil Ehrman (center) with his parents Dick and Merri as well as senior goaltender Max Jordan (far left) and senior midfielder Jamie Viera (far right) prior to the game against Iowa on Sunday, April 19. Photo by Rod Adams Photography

In the final weekend of regular season games, Nebraska earned a split defeating Iowa State University on Friday night before falling to the University of Iowa on Sunday afternoon.

Friday night’s game against Iowa State featured a quick start for the home team with Nebraska jumping out to a 4-0 lead after the first quarter and taking a 9-1 lead into halftime. Despite a third quarter rally by Iowa State, the Cornhuskers would hold on to win 13-5.


Nebraska sophomore attackman Zach Brown. Photo by Rod Adams Photography

Nebraska’s starting attack trio would combine for 16 points with 10 goals and six assists. Sophomore attackman Zach Brown (Omaha, Neb. / Millard West HS) led all players with eight points – scoring seven goals and adding one assist. Junior attackman Ketcher Taylor (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon HS) had two goals and three assists and junior attackman Brett Willms (Houston, Texas / Kingwood HS) had a goal and two assists.

Sophomore midfielder Caleb Milliken (Lincoln, Neb. / Lincoln Southeast HS) had one goal and seven ground balls while going a perfect 13-of-13 on faceoffs. Senior goaltender Max Jordan (Aurora, Ill. / Waubonsie Valley HS) stopped 10-of-14 shots on goal including a pair of acrobatic saves during final seconds of the first half to keep the momentum on Nebraska’s side.

Weather concerns would move Sunday’s game against Iowa indoors and a great crowd was on-hand for the last game of the regular season.

Both teams would score a pair of goals in the first quarter but Iowa tallied the only goal of the second quarter to take a 3-2 lead at the half. Unfortunately for the Cornhuskers, the Hawkeyes would outscore Nebraska 8-2 in the final two quarters and Iowa would take the win, 11-4.


Nebraska senior midfielder Tom Gillan. Photo by Rod Adams Photography

Willms led the Cornhuskers in scoring with two goals. Senior midfielder Tom Gillan (Lincoln, Neb. / Pius X HS) and sophomore attackman Justin DeFields (Bloomington, Ill. / Bloomington HS) would score one goal each.

"Obviously we're disappointed with the way the regular season ended," Nebraska coach Rob Mazanec said. "But one of the positives is that in previous years the season would have been over after that game. We get to fight another day."

Nebraska finishes the regular season with a 9-3 overall record and a 4-1 conference record to clinch a spot in the 2015 GRLC Playoffs to be played May 1-3 at the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

The Cornhuskers will have to wait until the final weekend of conference games is played to find out who their opponent will be and when they will play in the playoffs.

GAME NOTES

Prior to Sunday’s game against Iowa, the Cornhuskers recognized their nine seniors in a small Senior Day ceremony: midfielder Phil Ehrman, midfielder and captain Tom Gillan, goaltender Max Jordan, defenseman Michael Killingsworth, defenseman and captain Santo Marasco, defenseman Kevan Reardon, defenseman Tyler Sheets, midfielder Jamie Viera and defenseman Matthew Washburn ... Nebraska clinched a berth to the GRLC Playoffs for the second time in program history ... During the 2015 GRLC Playoffs, Nebraska will go for its tenth win of the season which would be the most in a single season in program history ... Junior attackman Brett Willms (Houston, Texas / Kingwood HS) scored three goals over the weekend to become Nebraska's single-season leading goal scorer with 50 goals. Willms can add to that total during the postseason ... Willms has tallied 61 points so far during the 2015 season (50 goals, 11 assists) which is the third-most points scored at Nebraska during a single season. Sam Jura '11 holds the single-season scoring record at Nebraska with 73 total points (33 goals, 40 assists) in 2009 and also scored 68 points (47 goals, 21 points) in 2010 ...


Senior defenseman Santo Marasco. Photo by Rod Adams Photography

According to statistics listed on the MCLA website (as of April 23, 2015), senior defenseman Santo Marasco (Omaha, Neb. / Creighton Prep HS) leads both the MCLA and GRLC with 108 ground balls averaging nine ground balls per game. Marasco currently has 307 career ground balls and will likely be the all-time leader in the statistic at Nebraska ... Sophomore midfielder Caleb Milliken (Lincoln, Neb. / Lincoln Southeast HS) won 115-of-186 faceoffs during the 2015 regular season for a .618 winning percentage ... During the 2015 regular season, Nebraska outscored its opponents, 150-92.

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