Defense holds nationally-ranked Belmont Abbey to season-low scoring in loss

Box Score

Belmont, N.C. – Brevard College’s men’s lacrosse team took on nationally-ranked Belmont Abbey on Wednesday afternoon, losing to the No. 19 team 9-5. With the result, the Tornados drop to 0-5 overall.

Alex Bazzell started the contest with a goal, giving the Tornados its only lead of the contest. Belmont Abbey (4-1) responded with back-to-back tallies before Dropuljic knotted up the score at 2-2. The Crusaders ended the frame with a goal in the final minute to retake the lead at 3-2.

Belmont Abbey extended the lead to three with a pair of goals to begin the second quarter, but back-to-back scores from Kyle Hunziker and Brendan Friss brought it back to a one-possession contest at 5-4. The hosts ended the half with three-straight goals to lead 8-4.

Brevard picked up the defensive intensity in the second half, keeping Belmont Abbey without a shot attempt for the opening nine minutes of the third period. Following a save from Colton Girard, the Tornados were able to clear the ball and score the first points of the half on a Mathew Dropuljic shot off the pass from Anthony Alfonso.

Girard kept BC in the contest during the final frame, stopping four Crusader shots to keep the deficit at three. In the final minute of play, Belmont Abbey was able to get a goal on the Tornados to take the 9-5 lead.

The contest marks the first time this season that the Crusaders were held to single digit goals. Girard saved a career-high 14 shots in his first collegiate start.

Dropuljic paced the offense with two goals while Friss, Hunziker and Bazzell all logged tallies. Alfonso scooped up a team-high five ground balls, followed by Natron Curtis with four.

The Tornados are back in action on Saturday, Mar. 5, when they host Tusculum in their South Atlantic Conference opener with a noon start time.

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