Pridham

BELMONT, Calif. -- Colorado Mesa opened play in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association with an 8-4 victory against Notre Dame de Namur on Thursday. Colorado Mesa improved to 3-2 while the Argos fell to 2-4 in dropping their WILA opener.

The Mavericks trailed 3-2 heading into halftime but came out in the third quarter and scored five goals while shutting out Notre Dame de Namur.

The two teams split the faceoffs with each team winning eight but the Mavericks had a decisive edge in ground-ball pickups, 30-23, and saves, 14-8.

Austin Pridham recorded his second consecutive hat trick with all three of his goals coming in the third period. His first goal proved to be the game-winner. Kade Robinson added two goals.

Brad Brandenburg picked up the win in goal, making 14 saves. Josh Russell led the Mavericks in ground balls with four.