Vikings keep rising in lacrosse rankings

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Two weekend Northwest Division wins for the Missouri Valley College men's lacrosse team moved it up two spots to No. 21 in the MCLA Division II rankings.

The Vikings crushed Benedictine, 31-2, Saturday at Reed Kepner Field behind junior Max Slutsky's seven goals. They jumped out to a 19-0 lead before the Ravens (1-3, 1-3 Northwest) ended the run late in the first half. Valley closed with a 7-0 fourth quarter.

Sophomore Tim Setree had six goals and junior J.J. Licata added five for the Vikings, who got six saves from freshman goalkeeper Brandon Minshall.

Valley also had few problems Sunday at Creighton, building a 9-2 lead before cruising to a 26-5 victory.

The Vikings out-shot the Blue Jays (4-3, 2-2) 16-3 in the first quarter and by a 12-shot margin in each of the three remaining sets. Licata had six goals, Slutsky five and junior Jeremy Frosch provided four scores.

Valley (7-1, 3-0) will head to O'Fallon on Saturday to take on Saint Louis University.


SENATOBIA, Miss. -- The Valley men's rodeo enters the final event of the regular season with no chance of claiming the NIRA Ozark Region title or losing the reserve championship for a full entry into College National Finals Rodeo.

The Vikings finished fifth last week in the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rodeo with 260 points, East Mississippi CC (650 points) taking its first trophy. Valley trails Tennessee-Martin in the season standings, 5,885 to 4,586.66 points.

Sophomore Dalton Kingery of Monroe, Iowa, led the Vikings with 190 points, 180 for winning the saddle bronc riding competition. The remaining 70 team points came from freshman J.D. Struxness coming in fourth in steer wrestling.

All 60 of the Lady Vikings' points for seventh place were split evenly between juniors Twyla Reid and Kasey Struxness in breakaway roping. Senior Shyanne Masters was third in goat tying, while senior Mackenzie Corrigan won the first "go," but neither factored in the team score.

The main goal for Valley this week during the Tennessee-Martin Rodeo is to try to finish the season in the top three of their events, especially on the women's squad -- which doesn't have any guaranteed slots in the CNFR otherwise.

Track & Field

FAYETTE -- Valley junior Sarah Niemeier of Lohne, Germany, earned the Heart of America Conference "female track and field athlete" award for the first time of the outdoor season for Saturday's performance at the Central Methodist Invitational.

Niemeier, who was honor three times during the indoor season, was first among 17 entries in the 1,500-meter run (4:50.28) and placed second in the 400 hurdles (1:11.16). Also finishing among the top three for the Lady Vikings was junior Santina Edwards with a bronze medal in the 400 (1:01.98).

Senior Ignacio Franco was part of both wins for the Valley men, running solo in the 800 (1:55.91) and anchoring the 3,200 relay (8:16.95) behind freshmen Spencer Head, Alexis Barbry and Joel Lueck.

Freshman Markell Strickland was second in the triple jump (13.15 meters) and third-place showings were turned in by Barbry in the 1,500 (4:05.87), freshman Zhitavion Shelby in the long jump (6.10) and freshman Cameron Carroll in the triple jump (13.05).

The Vikings will compete in the Mizzou Relays on Friday and Saturday.


Sophomore Travis Chorley and freshman Shane Hall tied for sixth place as the Valley men came in third during the MVC Spring Invitational earlier this week.

Chorley and Hall each shot two-round 10-over-par 154s on Indian Foothills Golf Course to finish four strokes behind freshman Ryan Keller and senior Matt McVey, co-medalists for tournament champion Culver-Stockton (612 points). The Vikings tallied 626 points.

The Valley women were fourth with 820 points, freshman Clarissa Molina posting the third-lowest score with a 174. Sophomore Lindsay Mateer led Baker (705) to the team title with a 169.

The Vikings will play Monday and Tuesday in the Central Methodist Open at Boonville.

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