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Toron Eccleston
Toron Eccleston's 57 goals this season are the second-most in a single season in program history and his 84 points rank third.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Ends Regular Season With Dominating Win

The No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team closed out the regular season with a convincing 13-1 victory at Coker on Saturday night. The one goal allowed by Lenoir-Rhyne is the least since Mars Hill scored just once on April 13, 2019. The Bears have one shutout to their ledger, an 8-0 win over Lincoln Memorial in February of 2015.

Toron Eccleston put the Bears on the board just over five minutes into the contest to key a 6-0 scoring run for LR to open the contest. Eccleston netted the first three goals for LR and four of the first five with Will Canata adding the other.

With the Bears up 5-0, Kyle Hatcher sent LR into the break with a 6-0 lead. Coker’s first goal came with 6:31 left in the third quarter to make it 6-1 but it was all LR from there on. Landon Parker and Evan Voss went back-to-back to close the third quarter and make it 8-1.

Myles Moffat, Bryce Reece, Kolson Huff and Riley Seay all found the back of the net in the fourth quarter as the lead swelled to 12-1. Reece would close out the scoring with his second of the night to make it 13-1 and gave LR the final seven goals unanswered.

Eccleston finished with four goals and Voss had a goal and a game-high two assists. Matthew Mancini had nine ground balls and Rob Pensabene made eight saves to earn the victory.

The Bears are now 10-2 all-time against the Cobras and have won eight straight. Of Lenoir-Rhyne’s 12 wins in the regular season, 11 came by at least nine goals.

LR outscored SAC opponents 157-66 in the regular season. Eight opposing teams have scored six goals or less in a game against LR.

The Bears are now 66-8 all-time in SAC play.

Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 13-2 overall, 8-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will now turn their attention toward defending the SAC Tournament title. LR earned a bye to the SAC Semifinals and the No. 2 seed in the tournament. LR will take on the winner of Newberry and Lincoln Memorial in the semis on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Matthews Sportsplex in Matthews, N.C.