Tornados fall to No. 14 Belmont Abbey, 11-7

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s lacrosse team was within three goals twice with under five minutes to play before falling to No. 14 Belmont Abbey, 11-7, on Wednesday night. The game was played at Brevard High School.

Crusaders (3-0) were ranked in the latest United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches poll that was released Monday.

Sam Postma led the Tornados (3-3) with five goals while Adam Wiedemann and Alex Bazzell each had a tally and an assist. Matthew Dropuljic, David Buono, and Ryan Taylor all contributed with an assist, while Andy Reilly stopped 11 shots.

Joey McGinley had three goals for Belmont Abbey while three others had two. Jason Hollister had a goal and assist while Harley Whitham turned away 11 Brevard shots.

The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead on the man-advantage as Callum Tanner scored with just 2:46 gone off the clock. Wiedemann scored his team leading 15th goal with just under seven minutes left in the opening quarter. The teams played evenly but the Crusaders scored twice in the final four minutes to go up 3-1 at the end of the first period.

It looked as though neither team was going to score in the second quarter as the each team was playing solid defense. However, Belmont Abbey scored with 33 seconds left in the half on a goal by Connor Sellars to go up 4-1.

Tanner scored his second goal of the game with 12:22 left in the third quarter, before Postma scored two in a row for the Tornados to cut the lead to 5-3. Two extra man goals by Belmont Abbey in the final 2:10 put the guests up 7-3 at the end of three periods.

Bazzell answered in the fourth quarter with 2:39 gone in the period but two unanswered goals by the Crusaders put them up 9-4 with 8:04 left in the game. Postma would not let his team go down quietly has he scored at 6:23 and then just 57 seconds later to bring the Tornados within three with 5:30 left.

However, a man-advantage goal by Brendan McGovern and a late tally by McGinley put the visitors ahead with a comfortable lead. Postma scored between the two goals but it was not enough.

Belmont Abbey had a slim 35-28 shot advantage and was good on 16-0f-17 clear attempts. The Crusades also scored on four-of-six man-advantage opportunities. Brevard won 13-of-22 face-offs and had a 39-34 edge in ground balls.

The Tornados host the Indians of Catawba College on Saturday in South Atlantic Conference action at 1 p.m.

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