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Goucher men's lacrosse fear starting midfielder Ruel Ellis (knee) might be lost for season

Lacrosse

Goucher's injury list just keeps getting longer.

In addition to leaving three starters out of last Wednesday's 11-5 loss at Messiah, the Gophers (0-1) are afraid they might have lost midfielder Ruel Ellis for the remainder of the season. Ellis, a 6-foot, 175-pound sophomore who started with senior Michael Morgan and sophomore Pierce Bailey, scored a goal and picked up a ground ball against the Falcons, but injured his knee early in the third quarter and did not return.

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"He wound up going down funny on his knee," coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday. "Fortunately, it's not his ACL, which is great news. But he definitely injured his knee. So we'll just have to pick up the pieces and try to fill that hole."

Ellis' injury could be mitigated by the potential return of Jake Ziegler. The 5-10, 170-pound junior recorded six goals and two assists last spring and could play Wednesday when No. 5 Gettysburg (1-0) visits Gopher Stadium in Towson at 3:30 p.m.

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"With Jake Ziegler coming back, hopefully he can fill in and create some depth at that position there because at one point in time, that was our first midfield with Michael, Pierce and Jake Ziegler," Kelly said. "Then Ruel started playing really well and so we bumped him up. So now, we're kind of back to what we felt was going to be the first midfield anyway. I feel like we could be in good shape there."

Although sophomore attackman Leo Sementilli (eight goals and five assists in 2015) is still projected to be out for a few more weeks, senior defenseman Andrew Foster (33 ground balls and nine caused turnovers in 2015) might be available for the game against the Bullets, who walloped Messiah, 12-4, on Saturday.

Although Gettysburg – which advanced to last year's NCAA Division III tournament semifinals – figures to be an overwhelming favorite, Kelly said the players and coaches are aiming for a victory.

"We want to get a win," he said. "There's no other reason to put them on the schedule. We've got to go out there and play to win. Obviously, they're the No. 5 team in the country, and they're really good. We're aspiring on many levels to try and get there. So there's no better way to get there than to beat the guys at the top. That's our goal. There are no moral victories in my mind."

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