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Toron Eccleston
Toron Eccleston scored six goals and had two assists in the win for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Dispatches Belmont Abbey

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s lacrosse team broke the program record for longest home winning streak with their 14th straight victory between the bricks as they dominated No. 18 Belmont Abbey on Saturday afternoon. LR scored nine of the game’s first 10 goals on their way to their 74th all-time win at Moretz Stadium.

As been custom for LR, five different goal scorers found the back of the net in the first 6:43 to give the Crusaders a rude welcome to Moretz Stadium. After Belmont Abbey got on the board, Myles Moffat scored back-to-back goals to key a 4-0 run that put LR up 9-1 at the 12:53 mark of the second quarter.

The Crusaders tried to claw back with a quick 3-1 spurt to make it 10-4 but Bryce Reece, Riley Seay and Jarrett Huff make it 13-4 in a 2:19 span. The Bears would go into the break with a commanding 14-6 edge and out shot the Crusaders 35-15 in the opening half.

Eccleston would score twice in the fourth quarter as the Bears scored five more times in the final 15 minutes to seal the deal. Moffat had a season-high seven points on three goals and four assists. Moffat’s first assist gave him 100 for his career and is now just two away from setting the all-time mark.

Eccleston had four goals and an assist and Seay and Tommy Aguilar each had three goals. Joe Venazio had two goals and an assist and Reece had a goal and two assists. John Paulus once again dominated the face off x. After winning 14 of 15 against Mars Hill, Paulus went 22-of-33 today with 10 ground balls.

Victor Powell caused three turnovers and Nate Ashley forced a pair. LR finished with 59 shots compared to 38 from the Crusaders. LR also had a huge edge in ground balls (40-29) and won 22 of 34 face offs.

Eccleston moved into seventh place in team history in career points.

LR improves to 62-23 all-time in the month of March. This was the seventh time these two programs met with both being nationally ranked. LR is now 5-2 in those games.

Belmont Abbey came into the game allowing just 8.3 goals per game. LR has won all four home games by double figures this year.

The Bears are 7-0 all-time when playing as the No. 6 team in the nation.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 5-1 on the season. The Bears will take on Florida Tech in a neutral site game next Saturday at 3 p.m. in Durham, N.C.