Sierra Nevada College lacrosse sinks Wolf Pack, earns top playoff seed
Waking up early this past Saturday to shovel wet snow off the North Tahoe Regional Park field for four hours prior to game time didn’t slow down the Sierra Nevada College men’s lacrosse team.
The Eagles claimed a 10-6 victory over an undefeated University of Nevada, Reno, team in the final game of regular season play for both teams.
“Shoveling the slush off the field no doubt tired them out, but at the end of the day, the effort and hustle needed to beat a good UNR team was there,” said Sierra Nevada College head coach Bruce Meierdiercks.
The Eagles win was a team effort, but two players made a significant difference.
Sergio Orduna had an outstanding defensive game, holding UNR’s top scorer to one goal. Meanwhile, Logan Ronney dominated the game offensively with four goals and one assist.
“He was a difference-maker and the best player on the field,” Meierdiercks said.
The Eagles, currently ranked 16th nationally in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) poll, picked up right where they left off after their undefeated inaugural season in 2013-2014.
SNC finished the regular season with an undefeated 7-0 conference record in the Division II of the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) and an 8-1 overall, dropping its only game to Concordia — a Southwestern Lacrosse Conference powerhouse that was ranked sixth in the MCLA when they played the Eagles and has since moved up to the No. 2 spot.
“Our team has an outstanding amount of talent,” Meierdiercks said. “Being only our second season, they have come together quickly, bought into our offensive and defensive systems, and our team chemistry is hitting full stride heading into the playoffs.”
The win over UNR solidified the Eagles as the No. 1 seed of the four teams in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League Conference Tournament.
The Eagles will take on Saint Mary’s on Saturday, May 2, at 9 a.m. at Novato High School (Calif.). The championship game will follow the next day.
“We are going to beat whoever they put in front of us for as long as we can,” Meierdiercks said.
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