Lenoir-Rhyne scores early to get by Tornados in conference quarterfinals

Box Score

HICKORY, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s lacrosse team lost to Lenoir-Rhyne, 15-6, on Tuesday evening at Moretz Stadium during the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Championship Quarterfinal contest.

The Tornados, who reached the conference tournament, ended their season with an overall record of 8-8 while the Bears improve to 7-7 on the year. Lenoir Rhyne advanced to the conference semifinals and will face Coker in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday.

Anthony Alfonso and Sam Postma paced the Tornados with two goals each while Alfonso also dished out an assist. Ryan Taylor and Matthew Dropuljic each contributed with a tally while Adam Wiedemann and Brendan Friss each dished out a helper. Andy Reilly had nine saves in net.

Jay Goldsmith and Carson Sterling each had four goals for the Bears while Ned Kaish had three. John Hanlon picked up two goals while John Remsen and Andrew Patti each had one. Taylor Thilo had three assists while Mike Hanlon had two. Alex Squires had five saves in the first half while Ryan Crompton had two saves and allowed three goals in the second half.

Lenoir Rhyne jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game, applying pressure on the Tornados from the start. Goldsmith scored 40 seconds into the game while Sterling and Kaish scored 50 seconds apart of each other. Goldsmith added another one five minutes into the game.

The Bears added one more before Alfonso gave the Tornados some life with 5:16 left in the opening quarter with a tally of his own. The Bears added one more to go ahead 6-1 at the end of the quarter.

Goldsmith scored his third goal of the game less than two minutes into the second period. The Tornados were able to apply pressure but shots by Taylor and Alfonso were stopped by Alex Squires. The Bears connected two more times before Postma weaved through defenders to score his 26th goal of the season.

Taylor brought the visitors within seven with 10 seconds left in the first half to give the Tornados some momentum heading into the break. It appeared to help because the Bears were held to one goal during the entire third quarter. The Tornados received goals from Dropuljic and Alfonso midway through the third period to bring the Tornados within six.

Lenoir-Rhyne, however, came back strong in the final period with two straight goals before Postma cut the lead to 13-6 with 11 minutes left. The Bears answered with two goals, including one with the extra man to go ahead by nine midway through the quarter.

The score would remain the same as the Tornados were not able have strong possession for the remainder of the game. The Tornados were outshot 52-19, including 21-3 in the first period. Brevard also only won eight of 25 face-offs but were good on all but one clears in the game.

The Tornados made progress as a second year, winning three conference games, and eight overall while finishing the season with a .500 record and made it to the conference tournament in their second year.

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