WEST LAFAYETTE, Ill. -- A month after the tragic death of Purdue super-fan and American icon Tyler Trent, the Boilermakers were able to pay tribute to their fallen classmate by winning their season opener on Feb. 2 in a tight battle against Vanderbilt, 15-14.
It was a game of ups and downs, as both teams had big runs throughout the game to keep it close. The offense was led by senior attackman Evan Sattler, who tallied three goals and two assists, while the defense was backed by a strong showing from junior goalie Spencer Kline, who had 15 saves.
Other impact players included junior attackman Grayson Gardner (2g, 2a) and a hat trick in his debut from freshman midfielder Brad Backlund.
Purdue will be back on the road when they travel to Pennsylvania to play two tough opponents in Pittsburgh at 12 p.m. and Boston College at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Pitt Sports Dome.
When hearing about the death of their classmate, the team wanted to pay tribute to the American icon. During the game, and throughout the rest of the season, Purdue will be wearing on their helmets a “T2” sticker, which was Tyler’s signature.
When the game came down to the wire, they used the courage that Tyler Trent had to be able to come out strong and finish the game.
There was a major void left in the hearts of not only the students in the West Lafayette campus, but in the hearts of many people throughout the country when the news spread of the passing of Tyler Trent.
The inspiration that he provided to so many people is why he and so many throughout the country are proud to call themselves “Boilermakers”. Having that sticker on their helmets will be a constant reminder for what Tyler stood for and motivate the team as they continue to make strides towards returning to the 2019 MCLA National Championships powered by Under Armour.