Banner Elk, N.C. – NGU men’s lacrosse locked up its first Conference Carolinas playoff appearance and a first round home game with a 20-8 victory over Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders came out of the gate strong, scoring the first seven points of the day. Ethan Landreth scored five of the seven first quarter goals as he finished the day with eight and two assists. The Bobcats scored twice in the first half but NGU’s offensive attack answered with a pair of scores to push the lead to 9-2 at the half.
The Bobcats found some offense in the second, scoring three of the first five, chopping down NGU’s lead to 10-4, leaving 9:15 left in the third quarter. The Bobcats were led by Blaine Stottlar and Cole Wyatt who scored three goals each.
NGU’s offense finally found its second half rhythm midway through the third quarter when Jake Foster scored with 5:49 left to extend the lead to 11-4. The Crusaders then scored four more unanswered goals to extend the lead to 15-4.
Foster would score the first two goals of the fourth quarter to lead NGU’s second half offense. Foster also finished the game with seven goals to match Landreth. NGU got quality time from two goalies including Braeden Dixon who had seven saves in 41-minutes of action. Aulston Marchant picked up two saves in 18-minutes.
Defensively, Zach Randolph led the team with four caused turnovers while Logan Bryant picked up 10 ground balls. The Crusaders improved to 8-8 overall and 4-3 in league play.
The Crusaders will host the opening round of the Conference Carolinas playoffs on Tuesday night at 7pm.