Second half surge allows Cobras to slither past Brevard in overtimeMarch 12, 2016
HARTSVILL, S.C. – Brevard College’s men’s lacrosse team took on Coker College on Saturday evening, falling 12-11 to the host Cobras in overtime. With the result, the Tornados drop to 1-7 overall and 0-2 in the South Atlantic Conference.
The Tornados cruised to a quick 2-0 lead off of goals from Mathew Dropuljic and Kyle Hunziker, but Coker (1-6, 1-1 SAC) countered with a pair of goals of its own. Brevard ended the opening period with a 3-2 lead as Josh Nicholson scooped up a ground ball after Natron Curtis won the faceoff and scored an unassisted goal.
Brevard extended the lead to three with another quick two-goal spree, with Ryan Taylor and Brendan Friss propelling the royal blue and white to the 5-2 lead. Coker tried to respond in a similar fashion to the previous frame, but the Tornados stopped them after one goal and got two more off scores from Jack Shade and Kyle Hunziker to push the advantage to 7-3. Brevard ended the half with goals from Dropuljic and Hunziker in the final minute of the stanza to make it 9-3.
Coker came out after the intermission and hed the Tornados scoreless for 10 minutes, scoring one goal to cut into the lead. Taylor managed to score a man-down goal to recreate the six-goal separation, but the Cobras ended the period with a 3-0 spurt to cut the advantage in half to three at 10-7.
In the final period of regulation, Coker added two more goals to the rally to make it a one-goal affair at 10-9 before Taylor stopped the run with a man-up goal. Coker was able to add two more goals before the final buzzer rang to force overtime.
Brevard won the faceoff to start overtime and took a pair of shots with one going wide and the other being saved. Coker recovered the ball after the second shot and pushed it down the field where they scored the golden goal.
Hunziker led the offense with three goals and an assist for four points, followed by Taylor who posted three goals for a hat trick.
David Buono anchored the defense with three caused turnovers and four ground balls, tied with Curtis for the most on the team.
In goal, Peyton Mooney logged 63:28 minutes protecting the new stopping 11 shots.
The Tornados are back in action on Saturday, Mar. 19, when they host Queens with a scheduled start of 4:00 p.m.