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Tornados Split Lacrosse Matches Against Randolph, Methodist - Brevard, NC


February 19, 2018

Strong defense combined with multi-goal performances by Hewitt Farr, Kyle Hunziker, Jackson McKaig and Sam Duffie helped lead the Brevard men’s lacrosse team to a 12-4 win over visiting Randolph on Saturday evening at Ives-Lemel Field.

Farr, who netted a game-high three goals, made only four shots throughout the contest.

He was joined on offense by Hunziker and Duffie, who contributed two goals and three assists apiece as they finished with five points.

Also making an offensive impact was McKaig, who had two goals, one assist as the Tornados improved to 3-1 on the season.

Defensively, Brevard was led by goalkeeper Xzavier Holmes-Copeland, who finished the game with six saves.

Robert Kokal led all Tornados with six ground balls, followed closely by Jack Shade (five) and McKaig (four).

Randolph streaked out to an early 1-0 advantage as Gage Tutko took a pass from Prince Charles and netted the game’s first goal in four seconds.

Brevard retaliated almost six minutes later when Shade netted an unassisted goal to tie the game at one.

Hunziker followed with a goal of his own at the 8:19 mark before finding Paxton Brown on a pass in the crease to stretch the Tornados’ lead to 3-1 with just over three minutes left.

Randolph found the back of the net with 1.6 seconds left in the first, trimming the Tornado lead to one, but Farr and Duffie scored one goal each in the second to provide Brevard with a 5-2 advantage at the intermission.

Brevard added to its halftime lead at the midway point of the third with goals by Farr and Duffie, which extended the lead to five.

McKaig netted his first goal of the game at the 4:48 mark, following a pass from Duffie, and Hunziker added the final goal of the frame as the Tornados led 9-2.

Randolph ended its 29:45 scoring drought with seven seconds remaining when Kadri Hearns found the back of the net.

The Tornados reached double figure goals for third time this season when Hunziker found an open McKaig, who drove home an up goal and gave Brevard a 10-3 lead.

Joel Vacchiano scored his first goal of the season with 2:39 and Farr completed his hat trick over a minute later as the Tornados owned a 12-3 advantage.

Charles came through with the final score of the contest with 1:21 remaining as Brevard improved to 3-1 for the first time since the 2015 campaign.

Brevard returns to action next Saturday when it heads to Huntingdon for a 5 p.m. contest.

Women Drop Road Match To Methodist

Senior Victoria Hayes notched her third multi-goal game of the season, but it was not enough to overcome Methodist, as Brevard suffered the 15-7 setback on Saturday afternoon.

Following Hayes, Nina Siu (two goals), Kelly Kearnan (one) and Micaiah Vacchiano (one) also tallied goals in the contest for Brevard.

The Monarchs’ Monti Hendrix led all players with five goals on eight shots.

Brevard (0-3) was in a back-and-forth battle in the first half, as the Tornados held a lead on two separate occasions.

The first lead of the game for the Tornados came with 16:36 remaining in the first half when Kearnen fired a shot to take the 4-3 lead.

The last lead of the game for Brevard came at the 14:33 mark of the first half when Hayes netted a free position shot to make the score 5-4.

Methodist (1-1) was able to close the first half with the 7-6 lead, when Hendrix found the back of the net with six seconds remaining in the first frame.

The Monarchs played stifling defense in the second half, limiting the Tornados to just one goal in the final 30 minutes, coming off the stick of Siu with 6:28 remaining.

Emily Brennan highlighted the second half for Methodist, as she scored three of her four goals in the final 20 minutes, and recorded her lone assist of the game on the contest’s last goal from Madison Ronelli.

Brevard will return to Ives-Lemel field next Saturday for their next game, as the team will take on Greensboro at 2 p.m.


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