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Lindenwood Handles Another Club

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Lindenwood Handles Another Club

Lindenwood University made it three major men's clubs in a row as they beat the Glendale Raptors Saturday in St. Charles, Mo.

Glendale led early on but a penalty from Lungi Tshuma put the Lions within two, and then a nice backline movement put Sione Fangaiuiha in for the first Lindenwood try. Tshuma converted for the 10-5 lead. Ten minutes later when captain Michael Gierlach, a Colorado Springs product, went over.

In the second half Glendale was once again the first to score, but Gabe Farley chased down a kick from Maanihera Kapa to put Lindenwood ahead 24-10. They held on 24-15.

Glendale did not field their absolute best side, but they did have some familiar faces mixed with some younger players.

This result follows on a convincing defeat of the St. Louis Bombers last week, and a close 19-14 defeat of Palmer in Iowa September 13.

Lindenwood Head Coach JD Stephenson said he could have scheduled a bunch of local colleges, but acknowledges that those games would likely have been blowouts for the Lion.

"You don't really take anything from a big victory," said Stephenson. "That's something this program's had enough of. We need to be humbled. We want to go into games as underdogs. We know it's going to be tough in the spring, so we need to play games where we get punished for mistakes. Going on the road to play Palmer was great, because we have to be prepared to do that."

It doesn't get any easier for Lindenwood this fall. Next week they host the Life University men's team, and then they host Davenport University - their first college opponents since Indiana in Bloomington in August. Then in November they visit the Metropolis club in Minneapolis, followed by an away match against the Life University undergraduate team.

It's an ambitious schedule, with three ranked college opponents (a game against Wisconsin was called off), and three top men's clubs, plus another lower-division men's club. Few programs load up a schedule like that, and fewer still come out unscathed. Lindenwood, so far, is 4-0.