The 2017 NCAA men’s and women’s lacrosse seasons opened this week with a handful of games. Big games for Boston University junior Hayden Ruiz (Santa Margarita) and Oregon sophomore Julia Taylor (Foothill) highlighted the action for local lacrosse fans. Cleveland State sophomore Sherwin Gersten gave Corona del Mar fans something to cheer about by scoring the first points of his college career.
Ruiz scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead the Terriers all the way back from a 7-4 deficit. His second goal sent the game into OT. Lax.com was there to catch the action when Ruiz (no. 39) then set up Brendan Homire for the game-winner in the second overtime:
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Taylor scored the first hat trick of her career to lead the Oregon women’s lacrosse team to an 11-8 season-opening win over Michigan. Taylor’s three-goal outburst topped her freshman season total of two goals. She is no. 8 in the highlights below.
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Gersten picked a goal and an assist as Cleveland State debuted as a NCAA Division 1 program in front of a sold-out home crowd. Michigan won the game 13-8.
Caitlin Derry (Los Alamitos) chipped in with a goal and two assists as Denver defeated San Diego State 15-10 in San Diego.