Lions tame Bobcats, 14-9

Box score

ROME, Ga. --- The Lindenwood University men's lacrosse team outscored Lees-McRae College by an 8-4 margin over the final two quarters on Saturday afternoon to register a 14-9 win in non-conference play on the campus of Shorter University.

Lindenwood (1-0) outshot Lees-McRae (1-5) by a 48-29 margin, including a 30-10 advantage in the second half, while edging the Bobcats by a 49-40 spread in ground balls. Lindenwood won 14-of-27 face-offs, as Lees-McRae converted 10-of-14 clears on the day.

Josh Shingleton (Temecula, Calif.), Brett Yusiewicz (Chapel Hill, N.C.), and Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) each tallied three goals, as Derin Vacca (Wake Forest, N.C.0 added two assist for the Bobcats. Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) made 13 saves between the pipes, while also recording six ground balls. Ryan Sparks (Hilton Head, S.C.) tallied a team-high seven ground balls.

Andrew Peterson and McNein Hewitt each posted a team-high three goals for the Lions, as Josh Arras chipped in a one and two assists. Joe Roy added two goals, while Dan Ashlock posted seven saves between the pipes for the Lions.

Lindenwood got off to a hot start in the first quarter, taking a 3-1 lead on a strike by Greg Cameron before Shingleton and Ives answered to knot the score at 3-3 with 2:26 to go in the period. The Lions would regain the lead just before the end of the quarter before Yusiewicz evened the tally at the 5:15 mark of the second.

Hewitt would answer with a pair of strikes just under one minute apart, giving the Lions a 6-4 advantage before Ives posted the final tally of the first half to cut the lead to 6-5 heading into the intermission.

Lindenwood responded in the third, scoring three quick goals to push the margin to 9-5 before Yusiewicz answered with his second strike of the day. The Lions would tally three of the next four goals, stretching the lead to 12-7 before Shingleton and Yusiewicz trimmed the margin to 12-9 with a pair of strikes. Lindenwood then added two goals in the final minute to equal the final margin of 14-9.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Saturday, March 3 when the Bobcats host Coker College to resume their Conference Carolinas schedule. The game is slated to begin at 2 p.m. on Tate Field.

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