Tornados fall to Lenoir-Rhyne, 22-8, during SAC action Wednesday night

Box Score

HICKORY, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s lacrosse team fell into an early hole against Lenoir-Rhyne before succumbing to a 22-8 defeat during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action on Wednesday night at Moretz Stadium. The Tornados are now 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the SAC while the Bear’s improve to 4-2 and 3-0.

Anthony Alfonso had three goals to lead Brevard while Alex Wiedemann had two goals. Brendan Friss, Ryan Taylor, and Alex Bazzell each had one tally. Wiedemann had two assists while Friss and Taylor each had one. Andy Reilly had nine saves in 56:35 of action while Xzavier Holmes-Copeland played the last 3:25 without facing a shot on goal.

Jay Goldsmith had six goals for Lenoir-Rhyne while Ned Kaish had two goals and four assists. Three other Bear’s had two goals while eight others had one marker. Alex Squires picked up the win in net stopping four shots in 39:46 of action. Ryan Crompton and Damon Cummins each had one save in a combined 21:14 of relief effort.

The Bears built an early 5-0 lead in the first seven minutes of the opening period before Alfonso took advantage of the extra-man opportunity with 5:30 to play in the quarter. Lenoir-Rhyne then went up 6-1 at the end of one before Wiedemann put up the second goal for the visitors 3:04 into the second period.

Lenoir-Rhyne again scored five straight goals to go up 11-2 before Bazzell scored with 3:09 left in the first half. Taylor scored on the ensuing man-advantage for Brevard with 2:48 left before Taylor Thilo gave the hosts a 12-3 lead at the half.

The hosts went up 16-4 with just over five minutes to go in the third frame before Friss put the fifth goal for Brevard with 2:14 left. However, the Bear’s took advantage of a man-advantage opportunity as Goldsmith scored with 1:14 left in the third period.

Back to back goals by the Tornados brought the visitors within 10 with 13:43 left in the game but Lenior-Rhyne scored five of the final six goals of the game to finish the scoring at 22-8.

The Tornados were a perfect 3-for-3 on the extra man chances while stopping two of the three chances for Lenoir-Rhyne. Brevard was outshot 48-21 in the game along with winning only nine of the 34 face-offs. The Bears were 14-of-18 on clear attempts while Brevard converted 10-of-20 in the game.

Brevard will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday to face the Royals of Queens University. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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