Nebraska huddles before its 2015 GRLC Tournament game in St. Louis, Mo. Photo courtesy of Nebraska Lacrosse
Despite a four-goal fourth quarter, a late Nebraska rally fell short as the Cornhuskers were defeated by Miami University (OH), 8-5, in the first round of the 2015 Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference Tournament.
Nebraska struggled to find the back of the net in the first half only managing to score once on a man-up goal from sophomore attackman Zach Brown (Omaha, Neb. / Millard West HS) and would trail 5-1 at halftime.
Led by three goals from junior attackman Brett Willms (Houston, Texas / Kingwood HS) as well as a goal and two assists from junior attackmen Ketcher Taylor (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon HS), the Cornhuskers would outscore the RedHawks 4-3 in the final two quarters but would eventually fall short as time expired.
Senior defenseman Santo Marasco (Omaha, Neb. / Creighton Prep HS) scooped up six loose balls bringing his 2015 season ground ball total to 114. Stopping 10 of 18 shots was senior goaltender Max Jordan (Aurora, Ill. / Waubonsie Valley HS).
With the loss, Nebraska ends its 2015 season with a 9-4 overall record in a year that saw the first GRLC Playoffs appearance for the Cornhuskers.
Junior attackman Brett Willms (Houston, Texas / Kingwood HS) scored three goals in the season finale to become Nebraska's single-season leading goal scorer with 53 goals ... Willms has tallied 64 points so far during the 2015 season (53 goals, 11 assists) which is the third-most points scored at Nebraska during a single season ... According to statistics listed on the MCLA website (as of May 2, 2015), senior defenseman Santo Marasco (Omaha, Neb. / Creighton Prep HS) leads both the MCLA and GRLC with 114 ground balls averaging 8.77 ground balls per game ... Marasco finishes his career with 313 ground balls and is the all-time leader in the statistic at in Nebraska program history ... Sophomore midfielder Caleb Milliken (Lincoln, Neb. / Lincoln Southeast HS) won 122-of-199 faceoffs during the 2015 regular season for a .613 winning percentage ... During the 2015 regular season, Nebraska outscored its opponents, 155-100.