Witt leads Owls in victory

March 20, 2007

This article is originally from KSU Sentinel.

KSU defeated Carleton College [Minn.] 13-8, with five goals from junior midfielder Robert Witt in lacrosse action on March 16. The Carleton Knights came out with a lot of intensity and controlled the beginning of the first quarter.

Pete Gottschalk scored the game’s first goal in the first minute of play.

With a little less than ten minutes to play in the first quarter, KSU answered with a game-tying goal by Justin Ferna.

The Owls then seized control of the match as they scored three goals in the final five minutes of the first quarter. Witt fired in two long shots and JD Douthit made an excellent pass to a cutting Wes Bass to give the Owls a 4-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Owls were able to sustain their momentum and controlled the second quarter with physical defensive play and outstanding goal keeping by Kyle Hanson.

Witt also scored his third goal of the match when he fired in a hard shot off the goalie’s chest that rolled into the goal.  KSU entered halftime with a 5-1 lead.

The third quarter saw a lot of offensive action as both teams combined for nine goals.

Bass started the second half off with a quick slashing goal.  Tim Singer ended Carleton’s 34-minute scoring drought with a goal of his own.

Both Witt and Bass scored again, extending KSU’s lead to 9-2.

The Knights got some momentum near the end of the third quarter as they scored two straight goals for the first time in the game. Gottschalk fired in a shot past Hanson from the top of the box for the first goal, while the second came off of a quick goal that was made available by an injury to Ferna.

Tim Minnick had the most memorable goal of the match, holding off two defenders and firing in a shot backwards over his head, giving KSU a commanding 10-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the beginning of the fourth, Witt struck again when he came from behind the goal, split two defenders, and scored on a jumping shot.

Douthit put the game away with an assist to Ian Lehrer and a goal of his own.

The game ended a three-game skid by Kennesaw, bringing their overall record on the season to 7-4.