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Jarrett Huff
Jarrett Huff had a pair of goals and two assists for the Bears in the national championship game.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Fall in National Championship

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team’s National Championship bid came up just short as the Bears were handed a 12-10 defeat to Adelphi in the 2024 National Championship.

After LR saw its lead grow to game-high four goals in the third quarter, Adelphi found the momentum by scoring six of the last seven goals to squeeze out the two-goal win.

The Bears had ample number of chances in the first three frames, however, in the fourth, they could not buy a break as they were outshot by the Panthers, 9-3.

Robert Walker and Jarrett Huff led the way for the Bears as each player had a two-goal performance. Walker, the freshman from Cumming, Ga., had his two goals in the first half, as for Huff, the sophomore from Holly Springs, N.C., had both strikes in the third quarter.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team finishes the 2024 campaign with a 17-2 record. This season marked the third time in the past four seasons that the Bears reached the national championship.

In addition to his two goals, Huff led the Bears with a four-point game. The sophomore shared a team high with two assists. Evan Voss, who was the 2023 NCAA Most Outstanding Player, also had two assists in the contest. The junior from Powder Springs, Ga., was held scoreless despite his three shots on goal. Landon Parker, the sophomore from Holly Springs, N.C., had an impressive defensive display with two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Despite the defeat, LR out-shot Adelphi in total shots, 38-35, and shots on goal, 25-20. In the fourth quarter, the Panthers held the Bears to only three shots and two shots on goal. The two sides were even with the ground ball distribution as both teams had 32 scoops. After Adelphi had 11 in the opening frame, LR out-performed the Panthers in each of the final three quarters.

The Bears had a good performance on the face-offs, winning 18 of the 26. LR had more face-offs than Adelphi in each quarter instead of the fourth, which was a 3-3 draw. Both teams came up empty on the extra-man opportunities. After there were no man-up opportunities in the opening half, the Bears and Panthers were both 0-for-2 in those situations.

Adelphi’s goalkeeper Dylan Renner had a terrific game in between the pipes. The All-American goalkeeper tallied 15 saves in the contest, with eight stops coming in the opening quarter.

The two sides had an even game in the turnover battle as Adelphi committed 14 turnovers in comparison to LR’s 13. The Bears had six turnovers in the final quarter. Brian Harinski led all participants with a four-goal performance. The Adelphi midfielder scored all four goals in the second half.

With the loss, Adelphi and LR each had two victories against each other in their all-time series history. All four meetings have been decided by four goals or less. The two-goal win for the Panthers is the second largest margin of victory in the all-time series for both sides.

In National Championships, LR now has a 1-2 record. Before the Bears defeated Mercyhurst in 2023, the Bears lost to Le Moyne in 2021. This loss is the first time that LR has been on the losing end of a contest since March 9 against Limestone. In addition to this defeat, it snaps an 11-game win streak for the Bears. LR defeated Adelphi, 7-3, during the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 24 in Hickory, N.C.

{Information provided by Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics}