Vikings Win Big in Season Opener, 20-1

Bryan Byers
Bryan Byers

By Matthew D. Stokes, Lead Writer

ROME, Ga. – Berry men's lacrosse opened its third season with a 20-1 victory over Transylvania on a chilly, windy Saturday afternoon at Ford Field. The game marked the Pioneers' first-ever intercollegiate action.

Bryan Byers led the Vikings with five goals, and Michael Harper (3), Max Smerka (2) and Cal Supik (2) had multi-goal performances. Blake Gwizdalski ahd one goal and three helpers. The team opened with the game's first eight goals.

Berry did not surrender a goal until the second quarter, when Transylvania's Ben Erwin scored with 5:02 on the clock. That marked the team's lone goal of the day. Berry led 10-1 at halftime.

The Vikings held a 47-13 advantage in shots as well as a 40-16 edge in ground balls. The team converted 22 out of 23 clears while Transylvania succeeded on 18 out of 28.

"All things considered, it was good," said Berry Head Coach Chris Delfausse. "First game of the year we wanted to win, we got a win. We weren't expecting perfection at the beginning of the year. We have a lot of things to work on, but they took care of their job and that got us the win."

Transylvania's Joshua Stone had 16 saves for the visitors.

Berry will resume play next Saturday against Augustana College (Ill.) at home. Start time is scheduled for 3 p.m.

"They're going to be a real well-coached team," said Delfausse of Augustana. "They're a second-year program but they've got a lot of talent. We must play better than we did today if we want to win next week."