Tornados erupt for 12 unanswered goals during 14-11 victory over Catawba

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BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s lacrosse team went on an offensive explosion in the second and third quarters on its way to a 14-11 victory over Catawba on Saturday afternoon during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action at Brevard High School.

After trailing 6-0 after the first period, the Tornados (4-3, 1-1 SAC) scored 12 unanswered goals going into the fourth quarter to go up 12-6. David Buono scored the eventual game-winner at 5:37 of the second quarter as Brevard did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game.

In the first quarter, the Indians (2-4, 0-2 SAC) scored three goals in the first 4:39 as Connor Kennedy, Dalton Cook and Daniel Rew all tallied for the guests, including a man advantage goal. Kennedy added another one 1:13 later while Adam Hebert also scored 28 seconds after. Ty Sellars scored with 13 seconds left in the period to put the visitors up 6-0.

That seemed like it would be a big enough lead for Catawba but Brevard would not go quietly. The Tornados scored three goals in less than a minute to cut the lead in half. Ryan Taylor scored at 9:23 of the second period while Adam Wiedemann scored 46 seconds later. Anthony Alfonso scored nine seconds later as Brevard moved the ball quickly down the field following the face off. The Tornados went into the half with momentum on their side.

Wiedemann scored his second goal of the contest just 46 seconds into the second half on an assist by Taylor. Sam Postma scored with 12:32 left in the third quarter while Taylor picked up his second goal 1:19 later to tie the game at six.

After the go-ahead tally by Buono, three other Tornados scored to put them up 10-6 at the half. Alfonso, Brendan Friss, and Matthew Dropuljic had the tallies for Brevard.

Postma then opened the final period with a goal 1:11 into the quarter and then again with 8:39 left in the quarter. Cook stopped the bleeding for the Indians as he scored 29 seconds later and then with the extra man, Zach LaFavre tallied with 6:39 left to bring Catawba within four.

Two more goals by Kennedy cut the Tornados lead to 12-10 with 4:54 left before Wiedemann tallied his third goal of the game with 3:21 left. Dropuljic scored the extra man goal for Brevard with 46 seconds left to put his team up 14-10 before Liam Lynch scored a man-advantage goal of his own with 18 seconds left.

Catawba had almost tripled the amount of shots of Brevard with a 62-28 advantage and also won 22 of the 28 face-offs. Andy Reilly turned away 28 shots on goal for the Tornados while his counterpart Ryan Applegate had nine saves.

The Tornados will be on the road for their next two games. The first game is at Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, North Carolina on March 11, starting at 6 p.m.

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