Girard has career outing in Brevard's loss to Mars HillApril 6, 2016
MARS HILL, N.C. – Brevard College’s men’s lacrosse team took on Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday afternoon, losing to the host Mountain Lions 8-6. With the result, the Tornados drop to 1-11 overall and 0-6 in SAC play.
In the contest, Colton Girard set a career-high for saves with 16 and ground balls with seven. Both crack the top 10 in the program record books for most in a game while the 67 percent save percentage on the afternoon boosted his season percentage to 55, on pace to set the program record.
Mars Hill (2-8, 2-4 SAC) ended the scoreless action that opened the contest midway through the first period with a goal, winning the ensuing faceoff and quickly extending their lead to two. In the final minute of the frame a costly MHU turnover allowed Hewitt Farr to find Jackson McKaig to cut the deficit in half.
Brevard had an opportunity to knot up the score in the second stanza after winning the opening faceoff, but the two shots by the Tornados were unsuccessful. MHU’s goalie managed to recover the ball for the Lions after stopping a royal blue and white shot, resulting in a goal for the hosts. In similar fashion to the previous period, Mars Hill quickly scored after winning the ensuing faceoff. The Tornados were able to get a goal late in the period as Alex Bazzell found the back of the net off the feed from Jack Shade. Mars Hill responded with a goal to make it 5-2 heading into halftime.
Bazzell brought Brevard within one in the third period after back-to-back goals from the freshman quickly made it 5-4. The hosts countered with a goal to extend the separation to two, leading into 16 minutes of scoreless, defensive play that extended into the final frame. Bazzell scored his third-straight goal for the royal blue and white, but MHU responded with a fast goal.
Bazzell paced the offense with a career-high four goals on five shots. Girard posted seven ground balls to go with his 16 saves.
The Tornados are back in action on Tuesday, April 12 when they host Lees-McRae on senior day. Game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.