After spending all of its initial season as a JV and on the road in 2016, the Missouri Military Academy varsity lacrosse squad finally played a home game on Saturday against St, Mary’s (St. Louis). The first Varsity lacrosse game in Missouri Military Academy history did not start as coach Kevin Bissmeyer had foreseen when the Colonels fell behind 6-1 early.
Joseph Guth scored the first varsity goal in MMA history on a doorstep dink and dunk over the goalie. Even though Guth did post the first goal ever for this team early in the first half, MMA still found itself down 6-3 at the break. That opened the door for Guff and midfielder and Donald Williams, who combined for seven goals. Sean Fitzgerald, who won 5-of-6 face-offs was crucial in the comeback.
Beginning in the second quarter MMA started fighting back after the defense began getting things figured out. The second half was similar to the end of the second quarter in which the Colonels were able to get some things going and draw closer on the scoreboard. Guth began to dominate the game and the midfield combination of Fitzgerald and Williams caused major problems for St. Mary’s defense. At the end of the third quarter, St Mary scored again and the quarter ended 8-6.
In the final quarter, the Colonels came within one on a score by Williams and trailed 8-7. With less than a minute left St Mary’s scored again and set the score to 9-7. A score by Tamir Nyamadavaa with over two minutes left brought MMA within one again.
In the final minute of regulation, MMA scored to send things into sudden death overtime. In the overtime period, the Colonels were able to strike quickly and end the game with yet another Joe Guth goal, with the final overtime score of 10-9 the Colonels earned their first victory of the season and their first as a varsity program.
“Joe Guth was simply unstoppable tonight. Give credit to their defense, they were able to lock us down pretty good for most of the game but between our speedy transition game and the dominance of #8(Guth), we were able to out edge them at the end. The defense was anchored tonight by senior goalies Max Weiss and Griffin Gilman who both played well and contributed to the win.”
Victor Leon also had two goals and five ground balls. Nyamadavaa added a goal and one ground ball and Weiss and Gilman combined to make six saves.
MMA Lacrosse Origins
The Missouri Military Academy Lacrosse Program started in 2014 When Coach Kevin Bissmeyer accepted a teaching job at the academy. He then decided to start a lacrosse club. In the first year, the program had a total of 15 players who signed up for the club. The club did not compete in any games or scrimmages and didn’t even have a goal for most of the season. It was mostly about just going out and tossing and having fun. However, there was certainly enough interest to attempt putting together a team for the next year.
The program was then permitted to have a team under the school’s athletic program but would not have a budget to buy gear, the players and coaches began chipping in and buying gear for the team. By the end of the season, the team had a goal, practice jerseys and enough equipment to begin small scrimmages.
The 2015 School year began with the intention of starting an actual team and competing with other teams around Missouri at the freshmen and JV levels. MMA also stepped in and provided a huge boost to the team by featuring the lacrosse program in the 2015/16 Maroon and Gold Raise the Paddle event.
This event was able to raise money for a second goal, game uniforms and goalie equipment for the upcoming season. While MMA didn’t win any of their 5 games in their first year of competitive play, they established themselves as a serious sport at the school ending the year with a roster of 26 players.
The 2016/17 School year was the first for MMA as a varsity lacrosse program. With 37 players and 10 games against other varsity programs from around the state, it should be a great first season for lacrosse at MMA.