SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri State and Kansas had not met on the lacrosse field since 2013, but their rivalry goes back 10 years. Since 2006, the two teams have faced each other six times with Missouri State holding a 5-1 record. In those six games, three have been decided in overtime (’06, ’08, ’09) and four of those games being decided by one goal.
When Missouri State and Kansas faced off Friday night, the two teams seemed destined to continue this tradition. When it was all said and done, the Bears edged the Jayhawks, 10-9 in a double overtime as seven different Bears score.
Off the opening faceoff, the Bears took advantage of a KU turnover and began to clear the ball from deep in their own defensive box. On the ensuing clear, Missouri State turned it over with a bad pass, which ended up in the stick of KU attackmen Mark Hoeman, who scored the first Jayhawk goal, Just 24 seconds into the game and the Bears were down 1-0.
However, with the ensuing referee stick check, Hoeman’s stick was found to be illegal, the goal was disallowed and the Bears had the ball man-up for three minutes. A minute later, Bears attackmen Zach Matthews found Burke Smith, who stung a 15 yard bomb for Missouri State’s first goal.
Missouri State scored twice more in the quarter. Jared Thompson got his first goal of the season when his defender tried to substitute in transition and Thompson received a pass from Matthews. The Bears third goal came when Alec Storms was left open on the crease and a pass from Monte Bordeaux found him to give the Bears a 3-0 first quarter lead.
Missouri State scored twice more in the second, including another man-up goal, this time it was Beermann to Smith on the crease. Kansas scored its first three of the game in the second. Heading into the break, Missouri State led 5-3.
Midway through the third quarter, Missouri State still held a 6-4 advantage. After a Missouri State penalty, KU’s Zak Listen scored man-up, only to have his goal disallowed on the ensuing stick check due to an illegal head. What would’ve been a 6-5 game instead gave Missouri State an extra-man advantage for three minutes, which the Bears gladly cashed in to take a 7-4 lead. One more MSU goal gave the Bears their biggest lead of the game at 8-4 late in the third. The Jayhawks answered back with an unassisted goal from Jack Grew late in the third, cutting the lead to 8-5 at the start of the fourth.
The fourth quarter was all Jayhawks. Kansas scored three goals in quick succession, and with over 10 minutes to go in the game, the Bears and Jayhawks were tied. Missouri State scored it’s ninth goal off the ensuing face-off, and freshman midfielder Trent Hagedorn took advantage of his defender’s positioning, scoring unassisted. The game was back and forth, but KU scored to tie on a man-up opportunity with 2:47 left.
Towards the end of regulation, Missouri State had possession and called time out with 1:14 to go. As the Bears played for the last shot, Hagedorn was called for warding off. As the Missouri State coaching staff argued a call that was questionable in their eyes, Kansas had the ball with 35 seconds left.
Kansas got a shot off in transition, and with 24 seconds left Bears goalie Mason Goodwin made a clean save and started the Missouri State clear. After two passes and with seconds left in the game, Missouri State attacker Tim Harvatin found himself one-on-one in front of the KU crease. Harvatin got the shot off as the buzzer sounded, and as he and a pile of players crashed in to the crease, the officials made the call – no goal, and Harvatin was called for a crosscheck on the KU goalie.
Missouri State began their first overtime man-down.
Both teams went back and forth in the first overtime period. Missouri State was able to kill the man-down situation, but was not able to score any of their own.
Missouri State won the opening face-off of the second overtime and called time out. As they broke the huddle, the Bears six offensive players took the field. A few seconds later, Hagedorn found Bordeaux on the left wing and Bordeaux put the game winner past the Jayhawk goalkeeper.
Missouri State’s next game will be on Wed., March 23 when the Bears (4-1) travel to Belleville, Ill. to play Lindenwood–Belleville (2-0).