Tornados rally back for a 9-8 win over Tusculum on Saturday

Box Score

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The Brevard College men’s lacrosse team picked up its second South Atlantic Conference (SAC) win of the season during a 9-8 win over Tusculum on Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Field.

The Tornados, who have their most wins in conference play during a season since becoming a member of the SAC last year, improve to 6-6 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The Pioneers fall to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

David Buono led the Tornados with two goals and two assists while Anthony Alfonso and Adam Wiedemann each had two tallies. Sam Postma had a goal and two assists while Ryan Taylor had a goal and an assist. Matthew Dropuljic also had a tally while Andy Reilly had 18 saves in net.

Chris Ryan had two goals to lead the Pioneers while four other teammates contributed with a goal. Kevin Haggerty had eight saves in net while taking the loss.

Postma and Dropuljic scored in the first period to give the Tornados an early 2-0 lead. Brevard’s defense allowed only one shot between its second and third goal that went wide. Taylor added to the Tornados lead with just 4:50 gone in the second period before Alfonso made it 4-0 with 9:32 remaining in the first half.

However, the hosts would not go away as they took advantage of an unsportsmanlike penalty against Brevard and Mitch Chapman put the Pioneers on the board with 7:43 left in the half. Tusculum pressured Brevard as the Tornados could not get any offensive pressure. The Pioneers tied the game at four with 2:49 remaining in the first half.

Buono answered for the Tornados has he scored on Brevard’s next possession with 1:24 left in the half. However, with 18 seconds left in the first half, Dallas Wade tied the game at five.

The game went back and forth the rest of the way. Tusculum took its first lead of the game 29 seconds into the first half. Alfonso answered for Brevard with 10:25 remaining in the third quarter. The Pioneers took a late 7-6 lead with 37 seconds left in the third frame but that lead was short lived. Buono scored his second goal of the game just 41 seconds into the fourth quarter to tie the contest at seven.

The trend continued as Tusculum took an 8-7 lead with 11:19 left in the game. However, after a Taylor shot that was saved by Haggerty, Wiedemann scooped up the ball and fired on net to tie the game at eight with 7:43 left.

After the Tornados went a man-down with 5:12 left in the game, Postma picked up a ground ball following a high shot by Chapman and found Wiedemann down the field, who put Brevard up 9-8 with 3:38 left.

Reilly stopped two shots along with a blocked shot for Tusculum to preserve the victory over the final two minutes. Brevard was outshot 48-27 and lost 16 of 20 face offs but were successful on 17-of-22 clear attempts.

The Tornados return to action on Tuesday for their final road contest of the regular season. They will travel to Banner Elk, North Carolina to face Lees-McRae at 4 p.m.

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