Record-Setting Concordia Advances
ROUND ROCK, Texas – Concordia’s Chad McFadden set the Division I record for most goals in a tournament game and the Eagles posted the most goals in single game on their way to a 25-10 rout of Liberty in the semifinals of the 2023 MCLA National Championships presented by New Balance on Thursday evening.
The win propels Concordia (14-5) to its first-ever visit to the Division I national championship game – the Eagles made two visits as a D-II team – where it will play top-seeded Virginia Tech on Friday at 7 p.m.
Even though these two teams played an overtime game during the regular season won by Liberty (15-5), this contest held very little drama.
The two teams traded goals to start the game, but the remainder of the first half was all Concordia. McFadden buried his second goal of the contest to give the Eagles a 3-1 edge heading into the second stanza.
After again trading goals to start the second, McFadden buried his third and fourth goals in a three-goal run to push the lead to 7-2 with 10:32 left in the half. By the end of the eight-goal second-quarter onslaught, Liberty was on the business end of an 11-5 halftime deficit.
McFadden opened the second half with another natural hat trick to balloon the lead to 14-5 with 11:25 left in the third. Liberty countered by scoring three of the next four goals, but at 15-8, the game was essentially over.
It was 18-8 after three quarters when McFadden piled on three more goals for the record before being pulled for the fourth quarter.
Eric Obispo had two goals and three assists to aid the Concordia effort. Daniel Yang posted eight saves before giving way to Ryan Richters in the fourth.
Keaton Mohs had three goals and three assists for the Flames.