Tornados fall to Young Harris, 11-9

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 11-9 to Young Harris during non-conference action on the campus of Brevard High School.

After leading 8-6 heading into the half, the Tornados (3-1) were outscored 5-1 in the second half, including four unanswered goals by the Mountain Lions (1-2).

Ryan Taylor had three goals to lead Brevard while Matthew Dropuljic had two goals and an assist. Adam Wiedemann had a goal and two assists while Anthony Alfonso also had a goal and an assist. Andy Reilly stopped a season-high 19 saves in a losing effort, including six in the final period.

Mitch McDole had four goals for Young Harris while Jayden Campbell had a hat trick of his own. Michael Gernatt had two tallies. Sean Dever, who earned the win, played the second half in net and only surrendered one goal in while stopping eight shots. Ryan Pickowitz had five saves in the first half of play but allowed eight goals.

Campbell scored 39 seconds into the game to give Young Harris a 1-0 lead but the Tornados answered 11 seconds later on a goal by Wiedemann and then Brendan Friss gave the hosts the lead 2:38 later. Taylor extended the Tornados lead to two less than a minute later.

Campbell then scored the first of three straight Mountain Lion goals with a man advantage goal before McDole scored twice in a 33 second span of each other, the first coming 15:17 into the first quarter. Alfonso answered for Brevard with 3:21 left in the opening quarter but Campbell scored his third of the quarter to put the guests up 5-4 at the end of the first period.

Young Harris scored once more in the second quarter before the Tornados scored four straight goals to go into the half with an 8-6 lead. Dropuljic scored twice at 7:37 and again 18 seconds later followed by an Alex Bazzell tally with under two minutes left. Taylor then gave Brevard the two goal lead with eight seconds left in the first half.

Young Harris then scored four straight goals in the third and fourth quarters, including a man advantage goal by McDole 30 seconds into the fourth. Taylor stopped the bleeding for the Tornados but the damage had been done. Young Harris scored one final goal with 3:23 left. The Tornados had one last man advantage with 35 seconds left but only got one shot on net.

Brevard had 38 ground balls on the game but were outshot 40-29 in the contest, including 21-12 in the second half. The Tornados also won 13 of 21 face offs.

The Tornados will begin South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday, February 28 as they travel to face Wingate. The game will start at 3 p.m.

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