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Ryan Duncan
Ryan Duncan had three goals in the Bears win.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Opens Season With Win

In their first game since winning the 2023 National Championship, the No. 1 Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team defeated Barton on Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium, 18-10. Ten different players scored a goal for LR in the win who used a 6-0 run to close the second half to seal the win.

After Barton scored the first goal of the game it was Caison Dillon who netted LR’s first goal of 2024. Barton took a 2-1 edge before LR rattled off four unanswered, started by a man up goal from Ryan Duncan. Barton would rally and cut the LR lead to 7-6 with 8:09 left in the first half before Greg Paradine called a timeout. From that point on, LR closed the half on a 6-0 run to take a 13-6 lead into the break. Five different players scored in the 6-0 run with two coming from Donovan Powell. Barton had a pair to start the second half before Jonathan Bender, Duncan and Evan Voss had the answer for LR. Barton made it 16-10 with back-to-back goals to start the fourth quarter but Landon Parker and Will Canata made it 18-19 with two goals in a 28 second span. Duncan finished with a hat trick in his first career game with LR and Voss had two goals and four assists. In total, seven different players had at least two goals for LR. Barton was led by four goals from J.J. Mitchell and three goals and an assist from Logan Wheeler. The Bears held a 53-32 advantage in shots and 29-16 edge in shots on goal. The Bears won 24 of 32 face offs and held Barton to just 14-of-23 in clears. John Paulus won 15 faceoffs and had 10 ground balls while Matthew Mancini had nine face off wins and nine ground balls. Victor Powell caused three turnovers and had two ground balls and added a goal and an assist.

This was the first time that Lenoir-Rhyne and Barton have squared off. Barton becomes the 41st different opponent for LR in program history.
LR is 4-1 in their last five season openers. This is win number 140 for the program as well as head coach Greg Paradine who has been the only head coach in program history. LR has won 37 straight against unranked opponents according to the USILA poll.

The Bears will continue a stretch against Conference Carolinas opponents when they travel to Belmont Abbey for the first road test of the season on Thursday.