Fort Wayne, IN -- IPFW brought out all the stops including eight key saves by senior keeper Michael Knitter on a season-concluding victory over in-state and Summit League rival IUPUI 1-0 in front of a season high 347 fans in attendance on senior night.
Knitter and Aaron Tulloch concluded their playing careers at IPFW with a victory over the Jaguars in exciting fashion.
IPFW started firing early taking five of the first seven shots of the match within the first 12 minutes of the match. Casey Bowman took the first shot for the Mastodons wide right. The 'Dons first shot on goal was kicked by senior Aaron Tulloch and saved by IUPUI's Francisco Maia. Twenty one seconds later Casey Bowman headed a shot that was also kept by Maia.
The two teams played evenly until IPFW's Jorge Ramirez broke away from the keeper on the short side from 15 yards and parked it under the goal's top shelf.
The 'Dons finished with eight players taking shots and three taking shots on goal. Ramirez and Tulloch both had two shots on goal, while Bowman had one. Ramirez took a match high five shots while Tulloch kicked four. Colin Helmrich had three shots while Bowman and Chris Dolinski took two. Liridon Qafleshi, Max Touloute and Ben Haifley took one shot a piece.
The Mastodons played tough defense throughout the ugly match defending 11 of the Jaguars shots. Knitter's eight saves is two shy of his season high and put the punctuation on his season during which he logged over 1,600 minutes, (26 hours), and finished with 89 saves and four shutouts.
The Mastodons wrapped up the 2008 campaign going 3-11-3 (1-3-2 Summit League) while developing a strong core of returning players.