Tigerville, SC - The North Greenville Crusaders bested the Bearcats of Lander University, a first-year program, by a score of 14-7 this afternoon at Pepsi Stadium. After the two teams remained deadlocked after the opening quarter, NGU took over with a dominating 2nd quarter and would hang on to the lead for the remainder of the game. With the win, NGU has now won three of its last four games. Gunnar Wilson had yet another solid game, posting 5 goals, 4 ground balls, and 2 caused turnovers.
After a quiet few minutes to open up the game, Lander would be first on the board with a goal by Eli Copeland. Shortly after, the Crusaders would respond with goals by Thomas Cecere and Colin Courtney, with assists by Chris Wieckhorst and Matt Heyden. With just under five minutes in the opening quarter, NGU would post another goal to lead 3-1, which was scored by Cecere for his second of the afternoon. However, the Bearcats would end the quarter with two straight goals to make the score 3-3 at the end of the 1st.
The 2nd quarter completely belonged to the Crusaders, with two goals each by Wilson and Cecere and goals by Brendan Sullivan and Austin Dixon. Cecere, Derrick Shealy, and Blake Thompson provided assists in that span. The quarter would end with NGU leading 9-3 at halftime.
Just over five minutes into the 3rd, Wilson would connect for yet another goal to put North Greenville up by eight. Lander's Adam Mather would finally put an end to the scoring drought with an assisted goal late in the quarter. Carson Theriault would then close the deficit to five with an unassisted goal to make the score 10-5 at the end of the 3rd.
Early on in the 4th, the Crusaders would build their lead back up with three goals, scored by Cecere, Wilson, and Thompson as well as an assist by Cecere. After two goals were scored by Lander, Wilson would go on to score the final goal of the game with an assist by Matt Miller to put NGU back up by seven, which would go on to be the final margin of victory.
The Crusaders will be on short rest when they return to Pepsi Stadium on Friday, March 6th to face the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish.