Bears hold off Bobcats, 14-11

Box score

HICKORY, N.C. --- The Lenoir-Rhyne University men's lacrosse team countered a seven-goal surge by Lees-McRae College with four straight tallies en route to a 14-11 win in non-conference play on Wednesday night.

Lees-McRae (0-4) edged Lenoir-Rhyne (1-3) by a 41-38 margin in shots, while posting 19 face-off wins in 29 attempts. The Bears also recorded a 39-24 advantage in ground balls on the night.

Landon Guntman (Temecula, Calif.) recorded a game-high five goals for the Bobcats, including a trio of tallies early in the first half that cut the L-R lead to 3-2 in the opening minute of the second period. Josh Shingleton (Temecula, Calif.) added four goals for Lees-McRae, as Kyle Ficken (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) tallied a pair of scores. Derrin Vacca (Wake Forest, N.C.) and Nathan Hammer (Cary, N.C.) posted three and two assists, respectively, as Vacca went 15-4 in the center X. Mike Fahey (Buffalo, N.Y.) tallied 11 saves for the Bobcats.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Levi Capron (Weddington, N.C.) paced the Bears with four goals, while Robert Darrow (Fort Myers, Fla.), Tyler Kotch (Butler, Pa.), Sam Ashton (New Market, Md.), and Anthony Mangili (Durham, N.C.) each tallied two scores. Darrow added a team-high three assists, as Ashton, Kotch, and Fred Waddle (Colorado Springs, Colo.) each posted a pair of helpers. Patrick Stasio (Williamsville, N.Y.) posted a game-high 15 saves for the Bears.

The Bears opened the game with a three-goal spurt in the first period, taking a 3-0 lead on Waddle's first tally of the contest at the 3:06 mark before Guntman answered for the Bobcats, netting a pair of scores to cut the margin to 3-2. Lenoir-Rhyne responded with a 5-0 spurt of its own, stretching the lead to 8-2 on a Kotch tally with 3:32 left in the second.

Lees-McRae answered with seven straight goals, a run kick-started by Guntman's third tally of the game just before halftime. Shingleton caught fire early in the second half, scoring each of his four goals within an eight minute span in the third quarter to tie the score at 8-8. Guntman gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game at the 5:09 mark of the third period, finding the back of the net off a Hammer assist to give LMC a 9-8 advantage.

Lenoir-Rhyne responded with a pair of goals to retake the lead at 10-9, and after Guntman evened the score at 10-10 with his fifth tally of the contest at the 14:13 mark of the fourth quarter. The Bears answered once again, netting four straight goals to claim a 14-10 advantage before Ficken capped the night's scoring for LMC with his third tally of the season with 2:01 left on the clock.

Lees-McRae returns to action next Monday when the Bobcats host Lake Erie College at 4 p.m. on Tate Field.

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