Story Courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletic Media Relations
Hickory, N.C. – The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team will host Saint Leo in an NCAA Division II National Semifinal game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium. The contest will be streamed live by Turner Sports.
The Bears are 17-2 on the year and ranked No. 5 in the nation. LR won its first-ever playoff game last Saturday with a 14-12 triumph over No. 10 Colorado Mesa (17-3) in a quarterfinal contest at home.
Saint Leo (15-2), ranked No. 6 in the nation, pulled out a 12-11 overtime victory over seventh-ranked Tampa (15-5) at home in its quarterfinal match last Saturday. The Lions' Ethan Ticehurst scored the match-winner six seconds into the extra frame off a faceoff.
Lenoir-Rhyne is led by junior attacker Joe Buduo with 60 goals and 88 points – both school-records – while senior midfielder Ben Corrigan has 42 goals, 32 assists and 74 points on the year.
Corrigan came up big last week – three goals and four assists – as the Bears avenged an earlier regular season loss at home to the Mavericks. In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Collin Lett is the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year while Buduo and Corrigan were also first-team all-league picks.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the three-time defending league regular season champions (2016-18), is 40-5 in its last 45 games and is 5-0 on the year against teams ranked in the top ten nationally at the time of competition.
Saint Leo, the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Regular Season Champions, is led by the trio of Jake Gilmour, Kyle Pauwels and Charlie Kurtenbach.
The group has combined for 126 goals, 81 assists and 207 points so far this year. Pauwels has a team-leading 52 goals while Gilmour totals the following: 35 scores, a team-leading 38 assists and 73 points. Gilmour is the 2018 SSC Player of the Year.
The other national semifinal contest includes third-ranked Seton Hill (17-1) and No. 2 Merrimack (16-1) on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., in North Andover, Mass. The championship game takes place on Sunday, May 27, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
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Stay up-to-date with Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse on social media leading up to the game on Sunday including on the following platforms - Twitter - @BearsSports | Instagram - @BearsSports | Facebook - /LRbears – which include interviews, pictures, getting to the know the players and much more. You can follow the game at lrbears.com