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Tommy Aguilar
Tommy Aguilar had a hat trick for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Lost to Third Ranked Limestone

The No. 1 Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team dropped the first regular season game of the year in a back-and-forth 10-9 defeat at No. 3 Limestone. The Bears overcame a 5-goal deficit to take a 9-7 lead but the Saints rallied to net the final three goals of the night. This was the first regular season loss for LR since losing March 29, 2023 to Wingate, a span of 11 games.

The Bears couldn’t have gotten off to a slower start. Limestone scored the first five goals of the contest and held LR scoreless for the first 28:18 of the contest. Five different Saints scored to make it 5-0 before Cameron Magalotti put LR on the scoreboard with 1:42 left in the first half. Zack Salo would score with 21 seconds left to make it 5-2 heading into the break.

The Bears went back-to-back to start the second half with Kyle Hatcher and Tommy Aguilar scoring to pull LR within one. However, Limestone stole the momentum back with two goals in eight seconds to make it 7-4. The Bears would then catch fire and score five straight. Aguilar, Evan Voss and Brad Maslowski scored in the third quarter to pull LR even at seven. Aguilar and Caison Dillon netted man-up goals in the fourth as LR took a 9-7 lead with 9:05 to play.

However, the Saints wouldn’t go down. Zachary Terry scored at the 5:41 mark and Jason Thomfohrde evened the game 49 seconds later. Terry would score the winner at the 4:10 mark as Limestone’s three tallies came in a 1:31 span.

The Bears held a 44-29 advantage in shots and an 18-15 edge in shots on goal. Each team turned it over a staggering 24 times.

This would have been the fourth-largest second half comeback in program history. LR and Limestone met three times last year with LR going 2-1.

This is the second meeting between the two in the past year that was decided by one goal. LR beat Limestone in overtime in April of 2023. Limestone is just the second opponent to score in double figures against LR all season.

LR is 3-4 all-time against teams ranked No. 3 in the nation. They are also 8-13 all-time against the top 5 teams in the country.

LR is still 6-1 overall, and 1-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will return to action next Saturday when they host Lincoln Memorial at 4 p.m.