Men’s lacrosse dominates in season opener

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    The TCU men’s lacrosse team opened its 2014 campaign with a dominating performance on Saturday in a 16-3 victory over the visiting Sam Houston State Bearkats.

    The Horned Frogs never trailed, as the Bearkats were unable to score on the home team’s stout defense until the fourth quarter.

    TCU scored four goals in the opening period to jump out to an early 4-0 lead on the shorthanded Bearkats, who played the entire game without any available substitutes.

    Junior midfielder Campbell Puckett led the early offensive surge for the Frogs, recording four goals and two assists in the first half.

    “First game of the season, we came out strong,” Puckett said. “We’ve been practicing for about two weeks now, so we’re still trying to get the basics down with a brand new team and a new coach.”

    Five players scored for the Frogs in the first half, helping TCU head into intermission with an 11-0 lead.

    Freshman attack Kyle Mishky had two first half goals for the Frogs, and junior attack Kyle Hanaway scored three times with one assist, all before halftime.

    Sophomore attacks Stephen Gossett and Dean Dillenberg, who scored twice in the game, each added a first half goal for TCU as well.

    Dillenberg, senior midfielder Mac Kelly, junior midfielder Alec Whitman, freshman midfielder Nicholas Vreeburg, and sophomore attack David Adams rounded out the scoring for the Frogs, each scoring a goal in the second half.

    “We have a lot of things to work on, mainly coordinating our offense,” Puckett said. “Toward the end of the game we started getting sloppy.”

    TCU takes the field again Sunday at noon when they compete against the visiting Houston Cougars.