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Team 3: A Season with ONU’s Newest Contender - Ep. 4

ONU has won its first two OAC games of the season behind the play of backup goalkeeper Andrew Markell, who has filled the position after starter Alex Pizarro was sidelined with an injury. (Northern Review photo/ Grant Pepper)

This spring, Northern Review sports editor Grant Pepper will be following the Ohio Northern men's lacrosse team as they enter their third year of competition. After finishing seventh in the OAC in year one and fifth in year two, the Polar Bears are looking to contend for their first conference crown in 2018.

ONU won its first OAC game of the season last Friday, trouncing Mount Union, 10-2. They did so without their starting goalkeeper, however, as junior Alex Pizarro was sidelined with an injury. The Polar Bears sent backup Andrew Markell out for his first career start.

He didn’t disappoint.

While Pizarro has been recovering, Markell has surrendered just three goals in the last two games. He was named ‘OAC Defensive Player of the Week’ this week for his efforts, as he led ONU to a 22-4 road win over Wilmington on Wednesday as well.

The fourth episode of this running series takes a closer look at how Markell was able to rise to the occasion and propel ONU to a 2-0 start in conference play. It also looks ahead to Saturday’s home matchup with Muskingum, a game with more on the line for the Polar Bears than one might expect.

Here is episode four of this developing series:

To catch up on the rest of the episodes in this series, click here.

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