LR Men’s Lacrosse Moves On To The National Semifinals With A 14-12 Win Over Colorado Mesa

LR Men’s Lacrosse Moves On To The National Semifinals With A 14-12 Win Over Colorado Mesa

Story courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletic Media Relations

Hickory, N.C. – The No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (17-2) advanced to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals with a 14-12 win over No. 10 Colorado Mesa (17-3) Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinal round at Moretz Stadium.  The Bears are the top seed in the South Region while the Mavericks are seeded fourth.

Final: Lenoir-Rhyne 14, Colorado Mesa 12
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (17-2), Colorado Mesa (17-3)
Location: Moretz Stadium | Hickory, N.C.
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•    Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) – three goals and four assists – for seven total points while sophomore midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) scored twice as the Bears avenged a 13-12 loss to Colorado Mesa on Saturday, February 24, at home.
•    Colorado Mesa, who had its 10-game losing streak snapped, was led by Joe Wulforst, IV (Half Hallow, N.Y.) and Brandon Wilson (Rolling Hills Estate, Calif.) with three goals each.
•    Trailing by an 11-10 score with just over six minutes left, Lenoir-Rhyne took control with four straight goals including three in the final three minutes.  Junior attacker Ryan Bell (Havre de Grace, Md.) scored the game-winner with 2:47 remaining in the contest.
•    Both goalkeepers were outstanding – Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after stopping 16 shots while Remi Reeves (Telford, Pa.) made 18 saves in the setback for Colorado Mesa.

•    With a goal and an assist, Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) increased his single-season record totals to 60 goals (South Atlantic Conference-high) and 88 points.
•    Lenoir-Rhyne is 40-5 in its past 45 games and advanced to the national semifinals for the first time in school history.
•    Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 5-0 on the year when a team was ranked in the top ten nationally at the time of competition.

Lenoir-Rhyne will host Saint Leo (15-2), the sixth-ranked team in the nation, next Sunday in the national semifinals at 2:00 p.m.  The second-seeded Lions defeated No. 7 and third-seeded Tampa (15-5) by a 12-11 score in overtime today in a quarterfinal game at home.