April 23, 2016
Applegate's Goal Highlights Loss to Lenoir-Rhyne
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Visiting Lenoir-Rhyne out-scored Catawba 7-2 in the second half to claim a 12-7 win in South Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday night at Shuford Stadium. The Bears complete an undefeated league campaign, improving to 10-4 overall and 8-0 in the SAC. The Catawba Indians drop to 5-9 and 3-5.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored the first two goals and led 3-1 before Catawba rallied to pull even at the end of the first quarter. Connor Eakes (Broomfield, Colo./Broomfield) tallied a man-down off a pass from Liam Lynch (Marietta, Ga./Pope) to pull the Indians within 3-2 at the 3:56 mark. The Indians got a big spark when goalie Ryan Applegate (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra) raced down on a clear to net his first career goal with 1:57 to go in the quarter. It marked the first goal for a Catawba goalie in school history.
Carson Sterling put the Bears back on top early in the second, but Lynch and Connor Kennedy (Weddington, N.C./Weddington/Tampa) scored back-to-back in a 20-second span to put the Indians ahead for the first time at 5-4 with 8:45 to go before the break. Make Hanlon tied things up at the 6:57 mark to send the game to the half even at 5-5.
Hanlon opened the second-half scoring and Shane Gottberg added a second six seconds later as the Bears scored four goals in the first 5:04 of the third quarter to grab a 9-5 edge. The Indians pulled two goals back, on tallies from Cole Fanzo (Crofton, Md./S. River) and Chase Scott (Charlotte, N.C./S. Mecklenburg HS), to close the gap to 9-7 at the end of the quarter.
Sterling scored quickly for Lenoir-Rhyne to start the fourth quarter as the Bears went up 10-7 at the 14:34 mark. Sterling added another goal with 5:19 left and LR shut out the Indians in the final quarter to post the win.
Seven different Catawba players had a goal for the Indians. Lynch had a goal and an assist. Applegate added a dozen saves to go with his historic goal. Eakes, the national leader in face-offs, won 16 of 23 against the Bears.
Sterling tallied four goals for Lenoir-Rhyne with Hanlon adding three. Ben Corrigan chipped in with two goals and Ryan Crompton recorded nine saves.
Catawba is the No. 6-seed for the SAC Tournament and will open play on Tuesday with a game at Queens.
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