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L-R Men’s Lacrosse Dispatches Catawba
Toron Eccleston scored three goals to lead the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

L-R Men’s Lacrosse Dispatches Catawba

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s lacrosse team scored 12 of the game’s first 13 goals on their way to a 16-4 blowout victory of Catawba on Saturday evening to run their winning streak to five in a row. The Bears have now won six straight against Catawba with the last coming by a combined 47 goals.

LR started the game on a 5-0 scoring run with Toron Eccleston scoring the first two and David Bell adding the third. Mitchell Linklater and Tommy Aguilar would cap the spurt as the Bears ran out quick just over 11 minutes into the game.

After Catawba’s first goal came at the 1:40 mark of the first quarter, LR pulled away with an 8-0 run and kept Catawba scoreless for 28:52 of gameplay.

Nate Ashley started the 8-0 run with five seconds left in the first quarter and Joe Venazio added a man-up goal just 25 seconds into the second quarter. Eccleston scored twice in the run and Bryce Reece scored his eighth of the season.

Jack Dickinson and Josh Wright scored in the fourth quarter with Wright registering his first career goal off an assist from Reese Remeika. 11 different players scored for LR led by four from Eccleston and three from Venazio. Tommy Aguilar had a goal and two assists.

John Paulus dominated the face-off, winning 14 of 18 and scooping up 10 ground balls. Noah Johnson made 14 saves in the game to earn his ninth win of the season and 33rd of his career.

The win sets up a first-place clash against Wingate on April 13. LR has won three straight games under the lights and is 34-9 all-time in night games.

This was the 115th all-time win for the program and head coach Greg Paradine. The Bears are 3-1 all-time at Shuford Stadium.

LR is 108-28 all-time when they score at least 10 goals and have won nine straight when getting in double-digits in the scoring column. LR is now 33-12 all-time in the month of April.

The Bears are 9-3 overall, 6-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will have 11 days off to prepare for a battle with No. 6 Wingate. The two teams are tied with Limestone with one conference loss apiece as the Bears look for a sixth SAC Regular Season Championship.