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Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Defeated Queens In Top 20 Battle
Toron Eccleston scored three goals to lead the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Defeated Queens in Top 20 Battle

Tommy Aguilar’s goal with 40 seconds left sealed a victory for No.15 Lenoir-Rhyne over visiting No. 17 Queens on a chilly and windy Saturday night at Moretz Stadium. Queens erased four-goal deficits to one on two different occasions in the game but couldn’t net the equalizer as LR wins its third straight game, 13-11.

LR scored eight of the first 11 goals in the game to take an 8-3 advantage with 4:33 to play in the first half. Queens would respond with a 4-0 spurt to close out the first stanza and cut the LR lead to 8-7.

Defense reigned supreme in the third quarter as each team scored just once as the Bears went into the fourth quarter up 9-8. LR looked to pull away with goals by Will Canata and a pair from Aguilar put the Bears up 12-8 with 10:39 to go.

Once again, Queens answered, this time rattling off three in a row to make it 12-11 with 5:01 to play. Neither team found the back of the net until Aguilar sealed the win with 40 seconds to play.

Queens converted their first three chances on the man-advantage and went 3-of-5 on the night. LR led 44-38 in shots and 26-20 in shots on goal while grabbing a 31-24 advantage in ground balls.

Toron Eccleston paced the Bears with four goals and Canata and Aguilar had three each. Macon Sumner won 10 of 15 faceoffs and grabbed five ground balls and Noah Johnson made nine stops.

Queens was led by five points from Kealan Pilon and Jack Royer.

This was the 15th meeting in series history and LR now holds an 8-7 advantage. LR and Queens have gone to overtime three times in series history and this game looked like it may continue that trend before Aguilar’s late goal.

This was the 60th SAC game in program history and LR is now 53-7 all-time in SAC games. LR earned its first win over a ranked foe this season after dropping their first three to teams all ranked in the top 10.

The Bears improved to 94-3 all-time when leading after three quarters. LR is 59-23 all-time in the month of March.

Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 7-3 overall, 4-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will return to action on Wednesday when they host Newberry at 7 p.m.