Curtis matches program record in Tornados' loss to TusculumMarch 5, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s men’s lacrosse team hosted Tusculum on Saturday afternoon in its South Atlantic Conference opener, losing 13-6. With the loss, Brevard drops to 0-6 overall and 0-1 in SAC play.
Freshman Natron Curtis had a strong outing at midfield, winning 15 of 23 faceoffs for the Tornados while scooping up six ground balls. The 15 faceoffs won tied a program record, set in Brevard’s inaugural contest. The first-ever Tornados’ lacrosse match still holds the record for the most faceoffs won by a team, as the royal blue and white claimed 17.
As a unit, Brevard picked up 40 ground balls, the seventh-most in program history and a season-high.
The two sides exchanged opening goals, as Jack Shade scored the initial goal for the Tornados followed by a Tusculum (1-3, 1-0 SAC) score 20 seconds later. Jackson McKaig and Anthony Alfonso scored back-to-back goals for Brevard to put the hosts up 3-1, but the Pioneers countered with a man-up goal followed by an equalizer before the period ended.
Tusculum continued its attack in the second frame, adding two more goals before a Kyle Hunziker score ended the run and made it 5-4. The two sides exchanged the final four goals of the half, as McKaig and Alfonso both scored their second goals of the contest to keep it a one-goal affair at 7-6 heading into the intermission.
Brevard was held scoreless in the second half, while Tusculum chipped in six more goals over the final 30 minutes to take the 13-6 victory.
Dennis Rammacher ended the contest with three caused turnovers and five ground balls to make strides in the record book. The junior now ranks second in caused turnovers in a career with 28 and third in ground balls with 72.
In goal, Colton Girard logged his second-consecutive contest with double-digits saves with 10.
The Tornados are back in action on Thursday, Mar. 10, when they host Davis and Elkins. Game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.