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Men's Lacrosse Upended by Tusculum

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Ben Boyd scored four goals to help lead Tusculum to an 11-6 win over host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday night at Shuford Stadium.  The win improves the Pioneers to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 3-5 and 2-2.

Tusculum scored the first five goals and never let Catawba closer than four in grabbing the win.  Dallas Wade notched the first goal at the 9:09 mark and Chris Ryan followed with a man-up goal 50 seconds later.  Boyd made it 3-0 at the end of the quarter and it was 5-0 before Chase Scott (Charlotte, N.C./S. Mecklenburg) put the Indians on the board with 10:09 to go before the half.  Wade beat the first half horn to give the Pioneers a 6-1 lead after 30 minutes.

Liam Lynch (Marietta, Ga./Pope) picked up the first goal of the second half for Catawba midway through the third, but Boyd scored back-to-back at 3:58 and then the final second of the quarter to make it 8-2.  Lynch followed a Justin Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./SW Guilford) at the 12:04 mark of the fourth to close the gap to 9-4, but TC was able to keep its safe lead.

Ryan had two goals and two assists for Tusculum.  Dallas and Nate Wade also had two goals, while Andrew Kransberger handed out two helpers.  Kevin Haggerty made a dozen saves in goal.

Lynch led Catawba with two goals.  Scott had a goal and an assist.  Connor Eakes (Broomfield, Colo./Broomfield) won 16 of his 17 face-offs attempts and scooped up nine ground balls.  The Indians were whistled for 10 penalties, but allowed only one goal over seven extra-man chances by the Pioneers.

Catawba travels to Coker on Wednesday for a 7 pm SAC contest.

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