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By Joseph Swanson
BC Sports Information 

Tornados' Rally Falls Short In Loss To Railsplitters


April 3, 2017

Jeremiah Reed

Tornado sophmore Raheem Brown shields the ball from a Lincoln Memorial defender during Saturday's match. Brown collected two groundballs and was 6-13 on faceoffs. Brevard College rallied late, but couldn't finish off their effort in a 16-13 loss.

The Brevard College men's lacrosse team (2-9, 0-5 SAC) was unable to overcome five straight third quarter goals by the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters (6-5, 2-3 SAC), as they dropped a South Atlantic Conference matchup by the final of 16-13 on Saturday.

Seniors Ryan Taylor and Mathew Dropuljic powered the Tornados' offense as they each tallied three goals, while Taylor notched three assists for the contest. Sophomore Jack Shade bolstered the Brevard attack with two goals, while five other Tornados recorded a goal on the afternoon.

Junior David Buono wasted no time in giving the Tornados the lead as the junior scored just 12 seconds into the contest to put Brevard ahead 1-0.

Lincoln Memorial responded at the 13:42 mark to tie the game, while each team swapped two goals to tie the score at three, heading into the second quarter.

Sensing the opportunity, the Tornados stormed ahead, scoring three goals to begin the second quarter as Shade notched his second goal of the contest off a Taylor assist to put the Tornados ahead 4-3 with 13:51 remaining in the half.

Sophomore Jackson McKaig tallied his first goal of the afternoon at the 9:52 mark of the second quarter to increase the Tornados' lead to 5-3.

Taylor recorded his third assist of the game less than a minute later as Dropuljic scored his second goal of the contest to put Brevard up 6-3.

Lincoln Memorial responded with back-to-back goals in the second quarter to cut the Tornados lead to one at 6-5.

The Tornados and Railsplitters swapped goals with less than a minute remaining in the half to bring the score to 7-6 at the break.

Lincoln Memorial quickly knotted the contest at seven goals apiece to begin the second half, before Taylor put the Tornados ahead 8-7 with 11:46 remaining in the third quarter.

Jeemiah Reed

Tornado senior Mathew Dropuljic notched three goals in Saturday's match. Dropuljic leads the team with 22 goals scored this season.

The Railsplitters responded in a big way as they used five straight goals in the third period to claim the lead 12-8.

Sophomore Kyle Hunziker stopped the Tornados' scoring drought as he recorded his first goal of the contest to cut the Lincoln Memorial lead to 12-9.

Lincoln Memorial outscored Brevard 3-1 to begin the final quarter of play, before the Tornados led a furious charge, tallying three straight goals, led by Dropuljic who netted two goals to bring Brevard within two at 15-13.

The Railsplitters capitalized on a late fourth quarter goal to extend their lead to three, taking the game by the final of 16-13.

The Tornados will return to action on Wednesday as they face-off with future USA South foe, Greensboro College on the road at 5 p.m.


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