March 23, 2013

Men's Lacrosse Rally Falls Short in Loss to Whittier

The Pride men's lacrosse team (3-7 overall) battled back from a 7-3 halftime deficit, but came up short to Whittier (4-6 overall) 12-10 on Saturday at home.  Greensboro held a 48-28 advantage in total shots but came up two goals short on the final scoreboard.

The Pride trailed 4-2 after one period of play, with Blaine Wise recording both Greensboro goals.  Wise's first goal evened the score at 1-1, while his second goal closed The Pride within 4-2 at the end of the frame.

The Poets added to the lead in the second, outscoring Greensboro 3-1.  Alexander Vander Hoff provided the lone score with 3:11 to go in the half.

Greensboro rallied in the third period to close the gap to 8-6.  Charles Stringfellow scored the first two goals of the half to make the score 7-5.  After a Whittier goal, Scott Showalter brought The Pride back to within 8-6 heading into the final quarter.

Greensboro evened the score in the fourth with two quick goals by Jaeger Carlyle and Justin Pearson.  The Poets answered with three straight goals for an 11-8 lead, before The Pride made one final run down the stretch.

Ryan Kissner would cut the deficit to 11-9 with a score with 3:22 left.  Whittier would push the margin back to three goals with a score with 2:42 to go.  Alexander Vander Hoff would add the final score of the day for Greensboro with 1:53 left, as the Poets held on for the win.

In addition to outshooting The Pride, Greensboro forced 17 turnovers, while committing only 13.  The Pride won ten of 22 faceoffs and both teams went perfect in clear attempts.

Vander Hoff, Stringfellow and Wise led Greensboro with two goals apiece.  Kissner dished out a game best five assists.  James furlow and Tracey Armstrong each picked up seven groundballs apiece and Armstrong finished with four caused turnovers.  Mitchell Kanowicz recorded nine saves in the loss.