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Early Deficit Too Big to Overcome for Men's Lacrosse at Coker

HARTSVILLE, NC -- Coker scored the first seven goals and was able to post an 11-7 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Byerly Parl Stadium.  The Cobras improve to 6-6 overall and 4-2 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to the same 6-6 and 4-2 mark.

It was all Coker early as the Cobras led 6-0 after a quarter.  Coker did the most damage late by putting in five goals over the final six minutes.  Catawba would get on the board with a Daniel Rew (Forest Hill, MD/Bel Air HS) goal at the 6:42 mark of the second quarter, but trailed 8-2 at the break.

Catawba mounted a rally in the second half.  When Davis Hughes (Windermere, FL/W. Orange HS) scored his second straight goal with 11 minutes left, the Indians were within 10-7.  That would be as close as Catawba would get and Coker added a final goal with just over four minutes to play.

The Indians held a 41-31 edge in shots and won 14-of-20 face-offs.  Rew was strong in the later category as he won nine of his 11 face-off attempts.  Hughes had two goals and an assist for Catawba with Pete Wesselman (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS/Stevenson) making 11 saves.

Coker got a big game from goalie Tim Ryan, who posted 19 saves, including seven in the final quarter.  Shane Wilson led the Cobras with four goals.  Andy Campos had three goals with an assist, while Ryan Maurer scored two goals with two helpers.

Catawba will host Lenoir-Rhyne in its final conference game of the year next Saturday at 7 p.m.

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