Strong start by Brevard not enough against WingateApril 16, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s men’s lacrosse team played its final home contest of the 2016 season on Saturday afternoon against Wingate, losing to the visiting Bulldogs 15-12. With the result, Brevard is now 2-12 overall and 0-7 in South Atlantic Conference play.
Brevard controlled the opening period, scoring the first two goals and holding onto a 4-1 advantage over Wingate (9-5, 6-1 SAC) after 15 minutes. Ryan Taylor scored the first two goals of the game before a Wingate score made it 2-1 with 7:23 remaining in the period. Kyle Hunziker and Alex Bazzell chipped in scores to extend Brevard’s lead to three heading into the second frame.
Wingate chipped into the lead quickly in the second period, wining the initial faceoff and scoring on the play. The Tornados responded in similar fashion, as Natron Curtis won the ensuing faceoff and found Jackson McKaig for the goal. Wingate brought it within one goal with back-to-back scores, but Hunziker was able to find Brendan Friss with 9:25 remaining in the half to extend the lead to two at 6-4. The visitors ended the half on a 3-0 run to take the 7-6 advantage heading into halftime.
Brevard managed to keep the deficit at one heading into the final frame, matching Wingate with five goals in the third period. Following a Wingate score to open up the half, McKaig ended WU’s 4-0 run with a goal. Wingate countered with back-to-back scores, but a 4-0 spurt by the royal blue and white put the hosts up 11-10. In the final minute of the frame Wingate scored a pair of goals to flip the lead.
After almost seven minutes of scoreless action to begin the final period, Taylor knotted up the score with a man-down goal. The score did not remain tied for long, as Wingate scored in the same minute to recapture the lead.
Taylor led the team in with four goals, while tied for the most points for Brevard with Hunziker who posted three goals and an assist. McKaig was the only other player to log multiple goals with two plus an assist for three points.
Dennis Rammacher anchored the defense with three caused turnovers while Colton Girard recorded double-digit saves for the third-straight game with 10.
Brevard concludes the 2016 campaign on Tuesday, April 19, when they take on Catawba at 5:00 p.m.