Tigerville S.C. - The North Greenville Crusaders improve to 2-1 behind Austin Dixon’s five score game against the Young Harris Mountain Lions. In the three years the lacrosse program has been in existence this is the first win over Young Harris.
The Crusaders started off with three unanswered goals from Austin Dixon and Alex Proly (Assists from Dawson Long and Jon Watson) all in the first five minutes of the match.
YHC’s Sam Gasta would be the first to respond to the North Greenville streak of scores with the first Mountain Lion goal of the game around the eight minute mark. Young Harris would score another two goals but Alex Proly would score two of his own before the end of the first period giving the Crusaders a 5-3 lead at the break.
North Greenville hit the throttle in the second period with Hunter Burgett scoring in the first three minutes of the period. NGU would find net two more times before the end of the period with Austin Dixon hitting his third goal and Burgett hitting a second on the period. Young Harris would take ten shots in the second period (four on goal) but they couldn’t produce any points as NGU would go into the half with an 8-3 lead.
Young Harris would strike first in the second half as Colin Fitzpatrick would score his first of two on the game. The Crusaders would respond with four goals of their own. Two of those goals were Austin Dixon’s fourth and fifth goals on the day and the other two were unassisted goals from Logan Bryant and Blake Thompson. YHC would score one last time with eight seconds left, closing off the third period with the Crusaders up 12-5.
Jake Foster would score two more in the fourth period giving the Crusaders a 14-5 lead with twelve minutes left in the game. Young Harris would only score one more time before the end of regulation as Sam Gasta scored his second on the day. NGU would come out on top in a 14-6 blowout.
Austin Dixon scored 5 bringing his season total to 11. Alex Proly lead in assists with three bringing his season total to seven. Braeden Dixon finished the game with 11 saves with 5 goals allowed. As a team the Crusaders forced 15 turnovers.
North Greenville will travel down to Franklin Springs, Georgia and open up conference play against the Emmanuel College Lions on Wednesday March 1, 2017.