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April 17, 2012

2011-12 Season - Men's lacrosse leads NCAA in scoring defense

Senior defenseman Marcus Maier helps spearhead an Augustana defense that currently leads NCAA Division III in scoring defense at 4.42 goals per game.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - With just two games left on the schedule of the first varsity season in school history, Augustana continues to rank high in the NCAA Division III statistics. The Vikings currently boast the top scoring defense in the nation and are in the top 20 four other statistical categories.

First year head coach Kyle Hart's team has been tough to score on all season long. Through 12 games the Vikings have given up just 53 goals for an average of 4.42 per game. They have pitched two shutouts this year and eight times they have held opponents to five goals or less.

Freshman goalkeeper Cody Burgdorff (Peat to Peak HS, Lafayette, Colo.) is eighth individually in goals-against-average with an average of 5.56. He has given up 51 goals in 550 minutes. Burgdorff is also 14th in save percentage with a mark of .633. He has 88 saves so far.

Freshman attacker Jesse Nagelberg (St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, Ill.) leads the team in scoring with 37 goals and he is 17th in goals-per-game with a 3.08 average.

As a team the Vikings are 20th in scoring margin at 5.16. Augustana is averaging 9.58 goals per game and giving up 4.42.

Augustana will play Concordia on Saturday, April 21 in Mequon, Wisconsin before ending the season on Saturday, April 28 at home against Carthage.