Bloodbath is an understatement.
Bloodbath is an understatement
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration at all to say that Tuesday’s men’s lacrosse game between Colorado Mesa University and Johnson & Wales-Denver is perhaps the most one-sided game in the history of NCAA sports. I’ve never seen anything like this box score. It’s on par with the Georgia Tech-Cumberland 220–0 game.
First of all, CMU won the game 52–0. Fifty-two goals! That broke the all-time Division-II record of 33 goals in a game, which CMU tied in its game last year against JWU. The previous NCAA record for goals in a game by one team was 40 by Roanoke against Virginia Wesleyan in 1993. There were 21 CMU players who scored at least one goal.
But that’s just the beginning of the destruction. The second most shocking stat is that JWU didn’t even get off a single shot during the game. Not one. Forget a shot on goal, the Wildcats weren’t even credited with a shot off target. CMU, meanwhile, had 81 shots, 68 of which were on goal. JWU goalie Austin Cruz was mercifully pulled after allowing 40 goals in 41 minutes and replaced by attackman Coleton Threlkeld. That’s like a hockey team pulling its goalie and putting a winger in net.
CMU also held a 53–3 advantage on faceoffs and picked up 74 groundballs (loose balls) to JWU’s nine. CMU forced 24 turnovers only turned it over eight times. On the rare occasions that a CMU possession did not end in a goal, JWU only successfully cleared the ball out of its end six out of 17 times.
Even the few highlights in this local news segment make it pretty obvious how wide the talent gap was.
The game was called early with 7:37 left to play in the fourth quarter when a JWU player hit the CMU player who had just scored the 52nd goal of the game. The injured player, Harrison Evans, was placed in a neck brace and taken to the hospital, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
So the obvious question is, how did this happen? Johnson & Wales, a Rhode Island-based school, opened its Denver campus in 2000 and the athletic department is currently in the process of transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division III. The Wildcats only have 18 players on their roster, 13 of whom played in the CMU game. That means they only had three subs in a sport where you change your midfielders out like hockey lines. Compare that to the 21 players who scored for CMU in just that one game. CMU, on the other hand, is a Division-II school, which means some of the players are on scholarship, while JWU’s squad is basically like a high school team.
But JWU-Denver’s season isn’t a total disaster. They did manage to beat North Central University in Minneapolis in February, 13–10.
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