Mars Hill overpowers Tornados during SAC play

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s lacrosse team was overpowered by Mars Hill falling, 22-3, on Wednesday afternoon during South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action.

In a game that saw six unsportsmanlike penalties between the two teams, Mars Hill (3-3 overall, 3-2 SAC) was the team to take advantage as they scored five man-advantage goals.

The Tornados (4-6 overall, 1-4 SAC) had goals by Alex Bazzell, Brendan Friss, and Sam Postma. Andy Reilly had 10 saves in 51:12 of action in goal while Xzaiver Holmes-Copeland played the remainder of the game with no saves and allowed two goals.

Jimmy McBride led the Lions with six goals while Brian Pieklik and Saxon Weil each had four goals. Anthony Malcom also contributed with two goals and two assists. Pieklik dished out three assists while McBride and Weil had two and one, respectively. Jake Grinewich had 16 saves in net while picking up the win. He had four saves in each period.

Mars Hill opened the game with eight unanswered goals over the first and second periods. Postma was able to stop the bleeding with 6:40 to go in the second period with Bazzell scoring 3:18 later to cut the lead to six.

However, the Lions were overpowering and answered with 11 straight goals, including four with the extra man to go up 20-2 and have the game well in hand with 8:48 left in the game. Friss scored his seventh goal of the season with five minutes left before Nathan Stewart and McBride finished the scoring with two goals over the final 2:10 of the game.

Along with five extra-man goals for the Lions, they were able to stop Brevard on its three chances. Mars Hill also had a 47-31 advantage in shots and had 44 ground balls to the Tornados 29. The Lions also won 18 of the 26 face offs while being successful on all but two of their 27 clear attempts. Brevard was good on 13 of their 16 attempts.

The Tornados will return to action on Saturday as they host Colorado State University-Pueblo at 4 p.m. in a non-conference matchup. Brevard hopes to snap a three game losing streak.

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