M. Lacrosse

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Wins Overtime Thriller Against Catawba, 12-11

L-R junior Tyler Kotch scores the game-winner for the Bears in the extra session

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Sam Ashton scored three goals and assisted on the game-winner in overtime in the BearsLenoir-Rhyne junior Sam Ashton scored three goals and assisted on the game-winner in overtime in the Bears' 12-11 victory over Catawba Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Box Score

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (2-3, 1-0) opened Deep South Conference play with a 12-11 overtime win against Catawba (2-2, 0-1) Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

L-R junior Tyler Kotch (Butler, Pa.) scored the game-winning goal just 24 seconds into the overtime as the Bears downed the Indians for the first time in three tries all-time.

Kotch and junior Sam Ashton (New Market, Md.) each finished with three goals each while Ashton also added a pair of assists in the win.

Catawba was led by John Scheich (Waxhaw, N.C.), who tallied three goals and two assists on the day as well in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 4-0 lead after one period of play and was ahead by an 11-8 score with just under two minutes remaining before Catawba rallied to force overtime.

The Indians pushed the match to the extra session when Daniel Rew (Forest Hill, Md.) scored with just 26 seconds remaining in the fourth period.

Kotch's game-winning goal was assisted by Ashton while junior Robert Darrow (Fort Myers, Fla.) and sophomore Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.) added two goals and two assists each for the Bears in the victory.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Steven McGhee (Durham, N.C.) earned the win after tallying 11 saves on the afternoon. Meanwhile, Catawba's goalkeeper, Pete Wesselman (Charlotte, N.C.) took the loss despite making 11 stops as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne also held the edge in both shots taken (42-39) and ground balls (32-29) in the contest.

L-R returns to action next Saturday when the Bears travel to Wingate, N.C., to take on Wingate in a conference match beginning at 2 p.m. Catawba plays St. Leo (Fla.) on the road on Wednesday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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