FARGO, N.D. – On display on legendary Dacotah Field against North Dakota State will be one of the hidden gems in the MCLA.
Davis Nelson, a three-time All-American for Rice, has quietly built one of the more impressive individual resumes in the LSA. He is not only a dominant faceoff man, but the most dangerous offensive weapon in the Owls' arsenal.
Over four years, he won 312-of-415 draws (75.2%) while also potting 154 goals and dishing out 82 dimes.
A complete game-changer.
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“I feel like I have the best player on the field in every game we play, so let’s see what happens,” said Rice coach Mike Ormsby*. “Nothing but respect for NDSU, but we know what’s coming.”
Unfortunately, the Owls have a 20-man roster heading into a 10-man ride buzzsaw. Not to say the Bison 10-man is invincible – even with a short bench – but it doesn’t help.
North Dakota State senior goalie Noah Orham has been through the UMLC grinder for three seasons and has a big, fat ring after backstopping the Bison to the 2018 national championship.
The Bison will undoubtedly try to muddy the faceoff game, and junior long-stick midfielder Jacob Spanier will be helpful in getting the ball off the turf.
“Fargo has never seen a postseason game before, so this will be a nice treat for our parents, even if they are mostly from Minnesota,” said NDSU coach Zach Bosh*. “This is the start of a long grind that will hopefully lead to May 9.”
[*- The coach didn’t really say this. This is all made up. It’s fake]