The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team saw a 13 game overall win streak and an 11 game winning streak against South Atlantic Conference opponents broken in a one-goal loss against Wingate on Wednesday night, 16-15.
Mitchell Linklater scored just 52 seconds into the game and Tommy Aguilar gave the Bears a 2-1 lead at the 12:44 mark of the first quarter.
Wingate would answer with a 5-1 run to take a 6-3 lead after the first quarter. The Bulldog lead swelled to 16-10 with a goal two seconds before the end of the third quarter.
LR mounted a huge rally in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 5-0 in the final quarter. A Myles Moffat goal at the 7:38 mark made it a five-goal advantage for Wingate before a furious late LR rally saw them score four goals in the final 3:06 including three in a 38-second span.
Down one, the Bears had the ball with 11 seconds left but a bounce shot was saved and the Bulldogs held on for the victory.
Noah Johnson made 16 saves for Lenoir-Rhyne and kept the Bears close throughout the game with plenty of clutch saves.
This broke the Bears 13-game home winning streak as well as a five-game winning streak over ranked opponents.
Prior to this contest, the Bears hadn’t trailed in the fourth quarter all season long. Bobby Padden had six goals for Wingate, the most allowed by LR in a game this season.
Moffat had a season-high five assists. Dickinson scored four goals and the trio of Kyle Hatcher, Bryce Reese and Tommy Aguilar all had two.
Wingate won 19 of 34 face offs
L-R is 9-1 overall, 7-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears are back in action Friday when they host Lincoln Memorial at 7 p.m.