April 17, 2014

Lenoir-Rhyne Dusts Mars Hill, Queens Up Next

from press release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University was able to advance to the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship game after defeated Mars Hill University 15-6 this evening at Dickson Field. The Bears will face top seeded Queens University of Charlotte on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Bears got off to a strong start scoring three unanswered goals in the first three minutes of action. Mars Hill would answer with two goals bringing them to within one of L-R, but a goal from Jon Hanlon late in the period gave the second seeded Bears a two-goal advantage heading into the second quarter.

The Lions found success early in the second period scoring 35 seconds into play. Unfortunately, that would be their only goal in the quarter as the Bears put together a 5-0 run to close the half.

The Bears would see their largest lead of the day following a pair of goals from Mike and Jon Hanlon in the third period which gave L-R an eight goal lead, 11-3. A goal from Mars Hill's Ryan Sage at 11:14 ended the Lions' scoring drought. They then closed the period outscoring the Bears 2-1 to head into the final 15 minutes of regulation trailing 12-5.

The Lions' luck would run out in the fourth period as they were unable to find the back of the net. L-R was able to score three more before the final horn sounded, advancing to the title game.

Sam Ashton led the Bears with four goals this evening, while Jon Hanlon added a hat trick. Jay Goldsmith and Ned Kaish netted two apiece, and Mike Hanlon totaled four points on one goal and three assist. Goalkeeper Alex Squires finished with nine saves.

Sage led the Lions recording a hat trick on the night, while Anthony Malcolm contributed two goals. Patrick McMahon took the loss in the cage after getting six stops.

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