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Evan Voss
Evan Voss scored a hat trick for the Bears in the win over sixth ranked Wingate.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Downs Sixth Ranked Wingate on the Road

The No. 2 Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team captured a road win over No. 6 Wingate on Saturday night. The Bears used a 5-0 run in the second quarter to take an 8-2 lead and never looked back, winning 12-7. The win gives the Bears the inside track at the number two seed and a bye in the quarterfinals of the SAC Tournament next month.

The teams traded goals to start the game with each squad’s first tally coming just 38 seconds apart. Zack Salo and Robert Walker went back-to-back for LR to make it 3-1. Willie Grieco’s goal with 5:36 left in the first quarter made it 3-2 and neither team could find the back of the net the rest of the quarter.

LR surged ahead with a 5-0 run in the second quarter. Colten McCracken got the run started and Jarrett Huff scored a man up goal. 42 seconds later Kyle Hatcher scored and Hatcher would net his second goal just 1:05 later. The run culminated in a score from Will Canata to make it 8-

Wingate would cut it to 10-7 with 8:59 to play but Huff’s second man up goal with 6:18 left in the game made it 11-7. Evan Voss iced it by completing his hat trick to make it 12-7. LR held a 51-30 edge in shots and 27-21 advantage in shots on goal.

The game was won at the faceoff X as Matthew Mancini won 19-of-23 and scooped up 12 ground balls. He added an assist. Voss finished with three goals and two assists and Hatcher and Huff each had two goals and one helper.

Rob Pensabene made 14 saves in the win to improve to 7-1 in net this season.

LR has won two straight games at Wingate and held the Bulldogs to just 12 goals in the two games at Irwin Belk Stadium. LR owns the all-time series 11-7 and are 6-3 on the road against Wingate. The loss gives Wingate three overall as they battle to make the NCAA Tournament.

This is the fourth win over a top 10 team for Lenoir-Rhyne this season.

LR is 8-1 overall, 3-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Mars Hill for a 4 p.m. face off.