Catawba surges past Bobcats, 29-5

Box score

SALISBURY, N.C. --- The Catawba College men's lacrosse team outscored Lees-McRae College by an 18-2 margin through the first two periods of play en route to a 29-5 victory on Saturday afternoon in the 2012 season-opener for both programs.

Catawba (1-0) outshot Lees-McRae (0-1) by a 72-19 margin, including a 41-4 advantage in the first half, while winning 24-of-36 face-offs and edging the Bobcats by a 62-32 spread in ground balls. Braden Artem, Tom Cullop, and Steven Ridolfo each posted a hat-trick on the afternoon, as Artem, Cullop, and John Scheich each tallied a pair of assists.

Senior Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) paced the Bobcats with two goals on 11 shots, as Josh Shingleton (Temecula, Calif.), Brett Yusiewicz (Chapel Hill, N.C.), and Jon Batsel (Raleigh, N.C.) each found the back of the net. Yusiewicz also recorded an assist on the afternoon, as freshman Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) made 17 saves while making his first collegiate start.

Catawba jumped out to an early 5-0 advantage in the first eight minutes of play, as Brett Howe found the back of the Bobcat net off a pass from Ridolfo at the 7:13 mark of the first quarter. Freddie Turcio closed out the opening period with his first goal of the season, giving Catawba a 9-0 lead with 1:38 to go in the quarter.

Shingleton put the Bobcats on the board early in the second, taking a pass from Yusiewicz and finding the back of the net to trim the margin to 9-1. Ives would double the Bobcat total two minutes later, beating the Catawba goalie at the 11:40 mark. Catawba countered with five goals in the final six and a half minutes of the period, taking an 18-2 advantage into the intermission on Cullop's last-second strike.

Catawba carried the momentum into the third, adding four tallies before Ives doubled his total of the day at the 1:56 mark. Yusiewicz would open the fourth quarter with his first of the season to cap the Bobcats' scoring.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Tuesday when the Bobcats host Mars Hill College in their 2012 home opener at 4 p.m. on Tate Field.

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