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Purdue beats IU/Ball State in Season Opener

posted Mar 23, 2016, 11:14 PM by Midwest Hurling


March 5th saw the opening of the MCGAA season as a combined Indiana University (IU)/ Ball State University (BSU) travelled to West Lafayette, Indiana to take on Purdue.  With the snow having just melted, the ground was heavy but otherwise conditions were perfect for the pre-spring matchup.

The Purdue Hurling Club, the oldest collegiate club in the country, is experiencing a revival.  We were able to catch up with Luke Beebe, Purdue’s captain, before the match.  On being elected to the post by the rest of the panel (a Purdue tradition), Beebe feels “very humbled to be captain.  I try to push everyone to become better each practice and work with new members.”  He said of training sessions, “We’ve been getting good numbers at practice lately, which makes practicing more effective.  With larger playing numbers, we are able to do some game-play scenarios.”  Recruitment efforts have swelled the club’s ranks and their efforts were on display on the day.  Beebe said, “We have been recruiting a lot the past few weeks and have grown our numbers and talent to great levels.” 

From the throw in, Purdue looked to be in charge.  Midfielder Luke Moriguchi started the match in 5th gear and never slowed.  Any IU/BSU player near the middle of the pitch was met with the senior’s defensive tenacity.  With the midfield controlled, plenty of ball was delivered to the forwards.  Purdue played with the breeze in the first half and took advantage.  Corner forward Trevor DeVries displayed his power with two fine points from the right sideline.  IU/BSU dropped a midfielder into their half back line to assist on restarts.  Their efforts were rewarded as the ball dropped in front their forwards.  But, Purdue’s backs were resolute.  Chiefly Luke Beebe, Max Millan, and Joe Jackson stymied any attempt by the visitors at gaining momentum.  At the interval, Purdue led 3-6 to 0-1. 

The second half saw much of the same.  With the breeze at their backs, IU/BSU began mounting some attacks.  But Purdue’s Matt Mickelson and Diarmuid O’Keefe won the majority of balls and sent them back up the field.  IU/BSU gained possession on a number of dirty balls but, with a heavy and wet sliotar, failed to finish.  Overall, there was hustle coming from every corner of the pitch.  But, IU/BSU’s inexperience and unfamiliarity with each other succumbed to the largely veteran panel from Purdue.  Regardless of the 5-8 to 0-2 score at full time, it was an entertaining affair for the crowd that had gathered on a brisk, overcast Indiana day. 

According to Beebe, this match was the first step to the Midwest Championship and the National Tournament.  “We already have people who have committed to going to nationals.  I believe we have a chance to do really well in the Midwest and at Nationals this year.”

PURDUE: G. Reynhout; D. O’Keefe; M. Mickelson; J. Jackson; L. Beebe (C); L. Moriguchi; M. Schwertfeger (0-4); T. DeVries (0-2); Z. Urbanek (5-2, 2f); J. Stites; E. Osburn; B. Hunley; C. Brown; M. Millan; S. Gattman; J. Micon;
 

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