Tigerville, S.C.—The upset minded men's lacrosse team was left searching for the programs first win Saturday night, as the 15th ranked Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals took a 19-9 decision over the Crusaders.
North Greenville looked poised for an upset early, taking a 3-1 lead over the Cardinals. Ethan Gray gave NGU the 1-0 lead early on an assist from Dieter Treusdell, who would score the next goal for North Greenville to make the count 2-0. Wheeling would find the scoreboard with 30 seconds left in the opening period to 2-1, but David Finney would score an unassisted goal seconds later to make the score 3-1.
North Greenville would go up 6-1 with 8:07 left in the half on David Finney's second goal of the game before the Cardinals came storming back. The Cardinals would score six goals in the final seven minutes of the first half to take a 7-6 lead into halftime.
The flood gates would open in the second half, as the Cardinals would score 11 unanswered goals to take a commanding 17-6 lead. David Finney's third goal of the night would end the drought for North Greenville as NGU trailed 17-7 with 10:49 left. Drew Wassenaar Ethan Gray would both score one more goal for NGU, but the Crusaders would run out of answers as the Cardinals cruised to the 10 point win.
Dieter Treusdell led North Greenville with two assists on Saturday while Ethan Gray also finished with two goals. Goalie jared Stapleton would chart 47 minutes, saving eight shots. Jeff Kohlshmidt led NGU with seven groundballs while Allen McBride won three face offs.
The Crusaders fell to 0-3 on the season and will look to March fourth against Catawba College to find their first win of the season. NGU and Catawba are scheduled for a 4pm start time.