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Caison Dillon
Caison Dillon, shown here from a game against Adelphi on February 24, 2024, scored four goals in the win over Newberry.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Wins Battle of Top 10 Teams

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team scored six goals in the fourth quarter to grab another Top 10 victory in its 2024 campaign, as the Bears defeated Newberry, 15-10.

In a contest that went back and forth, Newberry had the strong start after leading 5-2 over the Bears through the first quarter of play.

However, LR was able to get themselves back into the mix after outscoring the Wolves, 4-1 in the second quarter.

With the two sides knotted at six through the first half and nine through the first three quarters, LR saved its best for last by tallying six goals to its name and gave up only a lone goal to the Wolves.

As LR has gone through a tough conference stretch with taking on three Top 10 sides, the Bears remain second in the SAC standings with only three games to go in league play.

Caison Dillon led the Bears with four goals scored. It is the first time that the graduate student has scored four or more goals in an outing since Feb. 17 against Tampa. In a battle between the two best man-up offenses in the SAC, LR had four man-up goals while Newberry recorded two on the man advantage. LR had a couple of four-goal streaks throughout the game. The Bears had four unanswered goals in the second goal in addition to a similar stretch in the fourth. Sloan Steward notched his second multi-goal game in his LR career. The freshman scored a two-goal game against Anderson on March 2. Despite taking on one of the best offenses in Division II, LR doubled the amount of shots on Newberry, 60-29. For shots on goal, LR registered 34 while Newberry had 20. Newberry’s Scott Reed led the Wolves with four goals. The graduate student currently leads the Wolves with 50 goals on the season.
Both goalkeepers had excellent displays in between the pipes with double-digit save performances. Newberry’s Ryan Erler had 19 stops while LR’s Rob Pensabene had 10 denials. Matthew Mancini scored his first career goal with the Bears in the third quarter. The sophomore got his first career point with an assist against Wingate on March 23. Both sides were very strong with the clearances. LR was able to go 19-20 on successful clearances while Newberry went 18-21. Newberry had a much more difficult day in the penalty box with four total penalties that equated to 4:30. LR only had two penalties that tallied 1:30.

With the win, LR continues to lead the all-time series, 8-0. In Hickory, N.C., LR has a 4-0 record over Newberry. With the victory, the Bears retain their position for second place in the SAC standings. They now hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Wingate and Newberry. The Bears are a perfect 6-0 record at home in 2024. The Bears only have one more home game remaining in the schedule with a April 13 contest against Coker. In contests against Top 10 teams, LR is 5-1.

The Bears are 10-1 overall, 5-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team will hit the road for a SAC contest against the Tusculum Pioneers. The two sides will battle on Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. in Greeneville, Tenn.