Hunziker cracks top 10 for goals in a season in Tornados' loss to Lincoln MemorialApril 3, 2016
HARROGATE, Tenn. – Brevard College’s men’s lacrosse team took on Lincoln Memorial University on Sunday afternoon, falling to the South Atlantic Conference foe 12-6. With the result, the Tornados drop to 1-10 overall and 0-5 in SAC play.
In the contest, freshman Kyle Hunziker scored three goals to lead the team. With the hat trick, his third of the season and second-consecutive, the freshman now has 17 goals on the season, tied for seventh in program history for most in a single season. His 29 points on the season ranks sixth.
Brevard got the first shot at the lead after winning the initial faceoff, but the attempt was stopped by the home side’s goalie. Lincoln Memorial (6-3, 2-3 SAC) took advantage of a man-up opportunity early in the contest to take the lead, adding another quick score to extend the lead to 2-0. The Tornados defense was able to hold off the LMU attack for the bulk of the period, even getting some shot attempts of their own, but two more scores from the Railsplitters late in the frame made it a 4-0 deficit.
In similar fashion to the first period, Brevard won the opening faceoff and was able to get a shot on goal only for it to be stopped by the LMU goalkeeper. LMU pushed the ball into its attacking third and got three shots off, with the final one getting past Peyton Mooney after saving the first two. The home team added two more goals to the lead before Ryan Taylor was finally able to get the royal blue and white on the scoreboard. LMU countered with a goal to make it 8-1 heading into halftime.
After LMU extended the lead to eight with a goal to start off the second half, Hunziker scored back-to-back goals to try and spark a BC rally. The hosts responded the spree with a goal, but Brevard chipped into the lead a little more with a Hewitt Farr score off the pass from Taylor.
Hunziker kicked off the final stanza with a goal, but back-to-back tallies from Lincoln Memorial extended their lead to 12-5. In the final minute of play a LMU penalty gave the Tornados a man-up opportunity, which BC was able to capitalize on with a goal from Taylor off the feed from Jackson McKaig.
Taylor joined Hunziker with three points, scoring two goals and dishing out on assist. Raheem Brown and McKaig also logged assists.
Josh Nicholson and Alex Bazzell both recorded a pair of caused turnovers, while Brendan Friss posted a team-high six ground balls. Natron Curtis continued his strong play at the faceoff position, winning 12 of 22 attempts.
Mooney and Colton Girard split time in goal, with both saving seven shots.
The Tornados are back in action on Wednesday, April 6, when they take on Mars Hill on the road at 4:00 p.m.