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Myles Moffat
Myles Moffat scored three goals and had three assists in the contest.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Defeats North Greenville

The No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne men’s lacrosse team scored the first seven goals of the game and never looked back in a 17-6 blowout victory over North Greenville on Saturday afternoon. This is the 31st consecutive win over an unranked opponent for the Bears in their 2023 road debut.

Myles Moffat kicked off the scoring just 1:22 into the contest as Moffat would eventually net a hat trick in the first quarter. Moffat scored three of the Bears four first quarter goals with Tommy Aguilar netting the other tally.

Toron Eccleston, Riley Seay and Will Canata scored the next three goals as the Bears went on a 7-0 run to open the scoring. NGU didn’t find the back of the goal until the 6:17 mark of the second quarter and a Bryce Reece goal with 2:59 left would send LR into the break with a 10-2 advantage.

Eccleston, Reece and Canata scored the first three goals of the second half as the LR lead would swell to 13-2. David Bell and Ayden Mowry closed out the scoring to make it a second consecutive double-digit win for the Bears.

Moffat finished with four goals and an assist and Canata had three goals. Eccleston and Reece each had two goals and an assist. Matthew Mancini won 7-of-13 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high eight ground balls for LR. John Paulus went 7-of-12 in faceoffs.

Nolan Hoffman moved to 2-0 in net with six saves on the afternoon. The Bears doubled up the hosts in shots at 42-21 with the Bears putting 29 on goal compared to 12 by the Crusaders.

LR took a 29-20 edge in ground balls and held North Greenville to just 1-of-5 with the extra man.

The Bears are now 3-0 in program history against North Greenville. The game featured brothers Myles and Hayden (NGU) Moffat squaring off. Current Crusader assistant coach Jay Goldsmith is ninth in LR program history in goals scored.

The Bears last loss to an unranked program came back on March 2, 2019 when they fell 12-10 to Florida Tech. The first two opponents for LR this season have combined for just 10 goals and have just 25 shots on goal.

The Bears were held 0-1 on the man advantage and are now 6-7 on the season with the extra man after setting a program record with six man-up goals against Maryville. 13 different players have scored a goal for LR in the first two games.

LR will return to action next Sunday with a neutral site contest with defending National Champion and No. 1 Tampa in Savannah, Ga. Face off is set for noon.