Judge Nets Hat Trick; Opening Quarter Looms Large in Loss at Tusculum, 23-6

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Senior Kyle Judge netted a hat trick while freshman Louis Parks notched a pair of goals, but the Lees-McRae men's lacrosse team suffered a 23-6 loss at Tusculum in nonconference action Wednesday evening in Greeneville, Tenn.

The Pioneers (2-0) exploded for 10 goals in the opening quarter while four players had at least three goals. The Bobcats (0-2) forced 23 turnovers while Dustin Barrow (Columbia, S.C.) won eight faceoffs.

TC wasted no time by notching its first goal 59 seconds into the game thanks to a Steven Raimondi goal.

LMC's Parks (Mays Landing, N.J.) responded quickly with a goal to tie it, 31 seconds later.

The Pioneers' Ben Boyd tallied three goals while TC finished the quarter on a 9-0 run.

TC racked up 18 shots while holding the Bobcats to four in the opening period.

Four different Pioneers netted a goal in the second period, including one from Boyd and Raimondi, to hold a 14-1 lead at half.

Judge (Hampstead, Md.) sliced through the Pioneer defense to net his first of three at the 13:10 mark in the third quarter.

The Bobcats impressed in the third by winning the ground ball battle, 10-7, and forcing seven turnovers.

Consecutive goals from TC's David Fernandes put the Pioneers up, 16-2, but LMC's Parks and Dalton Lamb (Clemmons, N.C.) bested Eddie Schoenig for a goal each in the fourth.

Judge capped off the Bobcat scoring with a goal at the 7:08 and 3:04 mark, respectively in the final 15 minutes.

Boyd led both squads with five goals while Fernandes, Raimondi and Kellen Asmundson recorded three goals apiece.

Freshman Mike Gregory (Greensboro, N.C.) stonewalled eight shots while William Eagle (Winston-Salem, N.C.) won four faceoffs.

LMC welcomes Pfeiffer in Conference Carolinas action for its 2014 home opener on Sunday at 2 p.m. on the campus of Watauga High School.

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