Tornados drop SAC opener to Wingate on Saturday

Box Score

WINGATE, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s lacrosse team suffered a 17-11 loss in its South Atlantic Conference (SAC) opener against Wingate University on Saturday afternoon.

The Tornados (3-2, 0-1 SAC) were led by Matthew Dropuljic, who had four goals, while Adam Wiedemann had three goals and two assists. Anthony Alfonso, Alex Bazzell, Tyler Curtin, and Sam Postma each had a goal while Alfonso and Postma each contributed with an assist.

Ryan Taylor finished with two assists while David Buono had one. Andy Reilly turned away 17 shots in net, including nine in the second half.

Kevin Norman had three goals and Ryan Vorig had three goals and three assists for the Bulldogs (1-3, 1-0 SAC) while Austin Murphy, Corey Schumacher, Tanner Kotch, and Chase Watts each had two tally’s. Jacob Ormerod turned away nine shots in 53:12 minutes while picking up the win while Will Sheridan played the remainder of the game with two saves.

Wingate opened the first quarter with a 5-1 lead, including the games’ first three goals. Dropuljic put the Tornados on the scoreboard with two minutes left in the quarter before the Bulldogs scored twice in the last minute of the quarter, including a goal by Watts with four seconds left.

Including the last two goals of the first quarter, Wingate scored four straight goals in the first 7:15 of the second quarter. Dropuljic scored his second goal with 3:19 left in the first half and Curtin and Wiedemann made the score 10-4 hosts in the closing minutes.

The Tornados came out with force in the second half after Schumacher scored for the hosts with 4:16 elapsed. Brevard answered with three goals in the next five minutes by Postma, Alfonso, and Bazzell to make it 11-7 Wingate. However, the Bulldogs took advantage of two man-advantage opportunities, scoring twice to go back up 13-7 with 14:33 left in the game.

The teams traded goals back and forth over the next nine minutes but Wingate went ahead 18-9 with two minutes left. Dropuljic and Wiedemann scored twice in the last minute for the Tornados but the deficit was too much.

Wingate had a 38-34 edge in groundballs and a 46-27 advantage in shots. The Bulldogs also scored on four-of-six extra man opportunities while killing off all six of Brevard’s chances and won 19 of the 29 face-offs. They were also a perfect 17-for-17 on clear attempts while Brevard was successful on 15-of-21 chances.

The Tornados return to action against non-conference opponent Belmont Abbey on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. match.

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