Tornados drop season opener at nationally-ranked Pfeiffer

Box Score

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Brevard College’s men’s lacrosse team opened up the 2016 campaign on Saturday afternoon at No. 14 Pfeiffer, falling to the host 15-7.

The Tornados started the contest with a 3-0 and went into halftime tied with the nationally-ranked foe 4-4. Freshman Jackson McKaig scored his first collegiate goal in a man up situation to put BC up 1-0 after nine minutes of physical, scoreless action opened up the contest. Fellow freshman, and fellow Gainesville, Fla. Product Kyle Hunziker, gave McKaig the feed for the score. Three minutes later, preseason second team All-SAC honoree Anthony Alfonso found McKaig for his second goal of the contest and final point of the opening quarter.

Brevard’s run continued into the second stanza, as Ryan Taylor scored an unassisted goal. Pfeiffer got on the scoreboard three minutes into the frame, leading into a five minute scoreless drought. In that span, Peyton Mooney deflected three Pfeiffer attempts to keep the score 3-1 until Mathew Dropuljic for the ball from Brendan Friss and put the ball past the host’s goalkeeper to recreate the three-point advantage. The Falcons ended the half with three-straight goals to knot up the score 4-4.

With their offense warmed up, the hosts doubled its score in the third quarter while holding the Tornados scoreless over the 15 minutes to take an 8-4 lead. Brevard ended the run in the final stanza, as the Hunziker yet again found McKaig who took advantage of a Pfeiffer penalty 30 seconds before to score his second man-up goal of the game to make it 9-5. Pfeiffer added to more to its total before the Tornados could record another goal, with Dropuljic scoring his second of the afternoon. Alfonso scored BC’s final goal of the contest late in the contest.

McKaig scored three goals in his collegiate debut, tying Alfonso for most points by a Tornado in the contest who scored once and dished out two assists. Hunziker and Dropuljic both finished with two points and Taylor and Fiss both had one.

Getting the start in goal was freshman Mooney, who recorded 11 saves.

Brevard and Pfeiffer both ended the contest with 21 turnovers. David Buono had a game-high five caused turnovers in the game.

The Tornados play their home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 10 when they host nationally-ranked Mount Olive at 4:00 p.m.

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