MaxLaxOC.com visited Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana this weekend to watch Cameron Kilar (Santa Margarita Catholic High School), Kyle Rosenberg (Santa Margarita), and Lee Westrop (Laguna Hills High School) in action for the Boilermakers.
All three of these OC players balance the physical demands of Purdue’s Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association program while facing the academic challenges of Purdue’s top-ranked Engineering program.
Purdue entered this past weekend 1-0 in Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference East division play (4-3 overall), after starting off with a strong 17-9 divisional win against Miami (Ohio). In that contest, Rosenberg netted his first goal of the year along with an assist. Kilar is tied for the team lead in GBs with 31 from his spot on the back line. Westrop is 7/16 on faceoffs and has three groundballs at middie.
A sweep against the Indiana University Hoosiers and the Illinois State University Redbirds would ensure the Boilermakers a trip to the GRLC playoffs for the second consecutive year. On Saturday, despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the Boilermakers dropped their first contest of the weekend 13-5 to a very athletic Indiana team. On Sunday, Purdue regrouped and made the cross-state trip to Dunlap, Illinois to face the Illinois State Redbirds. After grabbing a 10-5 first-half lead behind the stellar play of Palen Rhodes (three goals, three assists), Greg Behning (three goals) and Davis Wagner (three goals), the Boilermakers held up in the face of a four goal charge by the Redbirds late in the fourth quarter, and hung on for a 13-12 victory, keeping their playoff hopes very much alive. Kilar anchored the Boilermaker defensive effort with a team-high six groundballs.
A win against University of Illinois next weekend will lock-up Purdue as the #2 seed in the GRLC East. A loss will either eliminate Purdue or create a 3-way tie for the final 2 GRLC playoffs spots (and a potential tiebreaker situation). The overall winner of the GRLC conference will receive an automatic qualifier (AQ) bid to the MCLA championship tournament in Greensboro, SC.