TULSA, Okla.-The Golden Eagles will play their final road match of the season against Bradley University on Monday at 8 p.m.
The Golden Eagles (5-9-1, 2-2-1 Summit League), who currently sit in a three-way tie for third in the conference, are in a battle for the fourth and final position in the Summit League tournament. The Golden Eagles control their own destiny with just two games to go in the season, and a win against top-seeded Western Illinois on November 5 would likely get them into the postseason. ORU is led by junior Aaron Birk, who has come on strong in the past two weeks to lead the team with 16 points off five goals and six assists. Freshman Nick Petolick has played well in his freshman season, earning the starting position and saving 57 shots.
Bradley (11-4-2) is one of the top teams in the country. They are ranked No.22 in RPI and they received votes in the latest top-25 coach's poll. Bradley started the season with wins over No.21 Butler and No.8 South Florida. They narrowly missed against No.4 Creighton, falling 1-0. The Braves are led by senior Bryan Gaul with nine goals and two assists. Sophomore Bryan Billings has saved 62 shots while allowing 15 goals.