Lacrosse (M)

Kennedy And Hebert Lead Men's Lacrosse Comeback Against LR


HICKORY, N.C. -- Catawba denied Lenoir-Rhyne a share of the South Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse title with a 17-15 win over the Bears on Saturday night at Moretz Stadium.  Conner Kennedy (Weddington, N.C./Weddington HS/Tampa) scored six goals to help the Catawba Indians improve to 5-8 overall and 2-6 in the SAC.  Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 7-6 and 6-2.

The Indians trailed 9-8 at the half and 11-9 after a goal by LR's Jon Hanlon at the 9:39 mark of the third quarter.  That's when Catawba took control.  Kennedy and Adam Hebert (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic HS) combined for five goals to give the Indians a lead they would not give back.

Hebert started the run with back-to-back goals at the 4:05 and 1:56 marks of the quarter to pull the Indians even.  Kennedy gave the Indians a lead with 1:30 to go and Hebert tallied again 30 seconds later for a 13-11 lead.  Kennedy made it 14-11 with the fourth Catawba goal in a span of 1:23.

It was 15-13 late in the fourth when Ty Sellers (St. Johns, Fla./Bartram Trail HS) and Kennedy put in goals 27 seconds apart to make it 17-13 with 3:34 left.  The Bears got goals from Taylor Thilo and Ethan Tingler in span of minute to close the game to 17-15 with 2:06 left.  Catawba was able to keep the Bears off the board for the final two minutes to get the win.

Catawba started quickly and led 5-1 after six minutes.  Jon Williams (Hillsborough, N.C./Northern HS) scored two of his three goals in the early spurt.  The Bears rallied and reeled off four straight to tie the game at the 12:30 mark of the second quarter.  Mike Hanlon had two of those goals.  Goals from Williams and Hebert kept the Indians on top until the final five minutes of the half when the Bears took their 9-8 advantage.

Kennedy had five of his six goals in the second half.  Hebert finished with four goals and two assists.  Williams followed with three goals and Sellers scored twice with two helpers.  Ryan Applegate (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra HS) posted 11 saves.

Carson Sterling led the Bears with four goals.  Ned Kaish had two goals and three assists.  Mike and Jon Hanlon, along with Thilo, collected two goals for LR. 

The Bears out shot Catawba 47-36, but once again Catawba had huge day winning face-offs.  The Indians won 27-of-35 with Daniel Rew (Forest Hill, Md./Bel Air HS) taking 16-of-19 and scooping up a dozen ground balls.  Catawba overcame 23 turnovers and limited to LR to just one goal in four man-up opportunities.

Catawba will be idle until April 24 when the Indians host Adams State at 7 p.m.

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