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Morgan Madish
Morgan Madish scored a hat trick for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Ends Regular Season With Victory at Catawba

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team closed out the regular season with a 20-5 road victory over the Catawba Indians.

The Bears had 13 unique goal scorers as Morgan Madish led the way with a three-goal performance. Five different LR players also had multi-goal games as LR constructed its third 20+ goal contest of the campaign.

Like the past few games, the Bears benefited from a strong start. After giving up the first goal in the afternoon, LR went on to score nine unanswered goals in the first half.

In addition to going into the break with an eight-goal cushion, the Bears continued to dominate the Indians with six-goal third frame.

With this result, the Bears head into postseason play on a seven-game winning streak with five of those results being a goal margin of 10 or more against the opposition.

While Madish led the Bears in scoring, Will Canata, Donovan Powell, Evan Voss, Jarrett Huff, and Robert Walker each scored two goals in the game. In addition to his two-goal night, Voss led the Bears with five assists. Brad Maslowski and Jonathan Bender each had two assists as well.
The Bears controlled the face-off battle, winning 19 of the 28 draws. The LR man-up opportunities were not as fruitful, as the Bears went 1-for-5 on the chances. The only man-up goal was scored by Madish in the fourth quarter. The Bears won the shot battle, 46-37, in addition to the shots on goal count, 31-19.

Parker Kemp led the Bears with two caused turnovers. He was also one of the 13 Bears to scoop up at least two ground balls. Speaking of ground balls, LR doubled-up Catawba as the Bears collected 44 in comparison to the Indians’ 22. The Bears had at least 10 ground balls in each quarter. Both sides were really strong on the clearances. LR was successful 20 out of the 21 chances while Catawba was able to clear on 16 out of their 18 opportunities. Despite his successful day on the offense, Madish had the only penalty for the Bears. The freshman was called for slashing in the fourth quarter. The two sides mirrored each other when it came to turnovers. LR and Catawba each had 16 turnovers on the afternoon.

With the win, LR leads the all-time series, 10-4. This also marks the 10th victory for the Bears over the Indians in conference play. The Bears are able to extend its longest winning streak against the Indians to eight. The win streak began on April 23, 2016. LR now has a 5-1 record against Catawba on the road. The only loss the Bears have had on the road against the Indians was their first trip to Salisbury, N.C. The game was a 10-9 loss on March 16, 2012. This is the fifth-straight meeting that the Bears have defeated the Indians by 10 or more goals. LR did not beat Catawba by 10 or more goals in the first nine meetings.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team are 13-1 overall, 8-1 in the SAC and have wrapped up the regular season and have earned a bye into the semifinal round of the SAC Tournament. The Bears will be back in action on Wednesday, April 24 at Moretz Stadium. Their opponent is still yet to be determined.

{Information provided by Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics}