M. Lacrosse

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Downs Belmont Abbey, 7-6, In 2014 Home Opener

Bears are led by junior Jay Goldsmith with five goals on the day

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Sam Ashton finished with a goal and an assist in the BearsLenoir-Rhyne senior Sam Ashton finished with a goal and an assist in the Bears' 7-6 win over Belmont Abbey in the team's 2014 home opener Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Box Score

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (1-1) held on to defeat Belmont Abbey (1-2), 7-6, Saturday afternoon in the Bears' 2014 home opener at Moretz Stadium.

L-R junior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) led the way with a match-high five goals and junior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished with 20 saves in the win.

Belmont Abbey's Riley Quinlan (Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA) and Joey McGinley (Merrick, N.Y.) each scored twice despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne took a 2-0 deficit after one period of play and turned it into a 7-4 advantage midway through the final stanza. McGinley then scored twice for the Crusaders but the Bears were able to hold on for the victory.

Senior midfielder Sam Ashton (New Market, Md.) added a goal and an assist for the Bears, who won despite a 42-23 edge in shots taken by the Crusaders.

Junior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) also scored for Lenoir-Rhyne, who did hold a 24-19 advantage in ground balls on the afternoon.

For Belmont Abbey, goalkeeper Brett Lawless (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished with seven saves on the day while Brendan Rogers (Sayville, Va.) and Scotty Steele (Severna Park, Md.) found the back of the net for the Crusaders as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts third-ranked Adelphi on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium. Belmont Abbey, meanwhile, takes on Queens in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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