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Donovan Powell
Donovan Powell scored four goals for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Wins at Home Over Coker

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team closed its home regular-season schedule with a 14-4 defeat over the Coker Cobras.

After a seesaw start between the two sides, the Bears tallied eight unanswered goals to pull away from the Cobras and earn their sixth-straight victory.

In addition to the contest, there were 17 Bears recognized as part of the Senior Day festivities. Three of them found the back of the net with Kyle Hatcher, Victor Powell and Jonathan Bender each with one score.

With the result, LR was able to accomplish two feats with a perfect regular-season home record of 7-0 and a top two seed in the conference tournament.

By clinching the No. 2 spot, the Bears will receive a bye in the quarterfinal round and host a semifinal match on Wednesday, April 24 at Moretz Stadium.

Will Canata, Donovan Powell and Zack Salo each tallied a team-high two goals. The Bears had most of their goals in the first half. LR had 10 of its 14 goals in the opening 30 minutes with six scores in the first quarter and four in the second quarter. LR only had one extra-man opportunity in the entire contest. The Bears were able to convert on the chance with a second-quarter goal by Salo. The Bears controlled the offensive flow of the game. LR out-shot Coker, 46-26,on total shots, and 32-10, for shots on goal. Nate Ashley, who was one of the seniors celebrated, led the Bears with four caused turnovers. John Paulus, who was also one of the seniors celebrated, led the Bears with six ground balls. Although the Bears were able to collect their sixth-straight double-digit scoring performance, it could have been more if it was not for Coker’s Ethan Hofert, who made 18 saves. LR was nearly perfect on clearances as the Bears were able to get the ball out of their defensive zone 20 out of the 21 times. The Bears had some solid success on the face-offs by winning 14 of the 22 total battles in the circle. Rob Pensabene, who was one of the seniors celebrated, got the win after making six saves in his 60 minutes in the net.

With the win, LR leads the all-time series history, 11-2. This win marks LR’s ninth-straight win over Coker, the longest in program history. The Bears remain perfect against Coker in Hickory, N.C. with a 6-0 home record. This is the fourth-straight meeting that the Bears have defeated the Cobras by 10 or more goals. With its 7-0 home record, it is the first time that LR had a perfect home regular-season record.

The Bears are 12-1 overall, 7-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will conclude its regular-season schedule with a mid-week matchup against Catawba. Face-off is slated for 4 p.m. at Salisbury, N.C.

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