Tornados fall to Alabama-Huntsville in overtime

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Brevard College’s men’s lacrosse team played its first regular season contest in Alabama on Sunday afternoon against Alabama-Huntsville, losing to the hosts 11-10 in overtime. With the setback, Brevard falls to 0-3 on the season.

The contest marks just the second time in the programs history that the Tornados played an overtime contest. Brevard is now 1-1 when playing in the extra period.

Alabama-Huntsville (1-0) opened up the contest with a goal to take the early lead, but Brevard responded with five-straight goals to take a 5-1 lead. Jackson McKaig scored the initial goal, with Anthony Alfonso chipping one in 50 seconds later to give Brevard its first lead.

The spree stretched into the second quarter with Mathew Dropuljic scoring followed by Alfonso’s second goal of the contest 30 seconds later. Alfonso added one more to end the run late in the quarter with another score, but UAH ended the frame with back-to-back goals to make it 5-3 at the half.

Alfonso put the royal blue and white back up by after a Chargers’ turnover gave the sophomore the opportunity for the score. Alabama-Huntsville responded with a 5-0 run of its own to take an 8-6 advantage late in the frame. Brendan Friss and Kyle Hunziker knotted up the score at 8-8 with goals separated by 50 seconds to end the third period.

Brevard retook the lead early in the fourth period, as the Tornados won the initial faceoff which allowed Hunziker to find Dropuljic for the score. Alabama-Huntsville tied it back up at 9-9 with a goal, but Brevard was able to get back ahead with Hunziker scoring what would be Brevard’s final goal. After seven minutes of physical, scoreless action the home side scored with three minutes remaining to tie it up at 10 all. Dropuljic had a chance to put BC ahead in a man-up opportunity, but his shot attempt was saved.

In overtime, Huntsville scored the golden goal with 2:27 remaining for the programs inaugural victory.

Alfonso led the team with four goals and an assist for five points and also scooping up four ground balls. Hunziker and Dropuljic both posted multiple goals with two apiece while Hunziker also logged an assist for thee points. McKaig and Friss rounded out the scoring with one goal each while Josh Nicholson had one assist and a team-high five ground balls and two forced errors.

Peyton Mooney played in goal for the Tornados, stopping 11 shots in the overtime loss.

Brevard continues its three-game road swing on Saturday, Feb. 27 when they take on Young Harris.

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