GREENSBORO, NC—The Greensboro College Pride men's lacrosse team returned home on Saturday afternoon to host the Lions of Piedmont College. Prior to the start of the contest, Greensboro College took a moment to recognize the eleven seniors on this year's team. After the senior day recognition, the Pride was able to pull away for a big 17-11 victory.
The Lions were able to get on the board first following the opening faceoff but the Pride was able to respond back four minutes later. Jaegar Carlyle tied the game with 8:15 left in the first quarter, before Blaine Wise put the Pride on top 2-1 with his first of two goals on the day. Once Greensboro took the 2-1 lead, Piedmont scored the last two goals of the quarter taking a 3-2 lead into the second frame.
It took the Pride only 15 seconds into the new frame to tie the game at 3-3 following a man up goal by Brodie Ceperich off a feed by Tracy Armstrong. Greensboro then retook the lead with another goal by Wise but the Lions were able to tie the game once again at 4-4. Following the game tying goal by Piedmont, the Pride reeled off six straight goals taking a 10-4 lead into the half time break. During the six goal run, five different Greensboro players found scoring column with Denis Radcliffe, Alexander Vanderhoff, and Ryan Kissner each recording their first goal of the game.
After the intermission Piedmont pulled to within 10-5 early, but the Pride was able to extend to their lead to 12-5 following Vanderhoff's fourth goal of the game. The Lions were able to tally once more in the half pulling to within six at 12-6, but Vanderhoff and Ceperich was able to find the back of the net in the last 1:30 of the quarter giving Greensboro a 15-6 lead heading into the final period of play.
In the final period of play, Piedmont scored the first two goals of the period before Vanderhoff tallied his last goal of the day making the score 16-8. The Lions then scored the next three goals pulling to within 16-11 before Charles Stringfellow scored the games final goal giving the Pride the 17-11 victory.
The Pride held a commanding 56-28 margin in shots lead by Alexander Vanderhoff with 12 shots and six goals. Fellow senior James Furlow picked up a game high nine ground balls on the day while Wyatt Clay forced a team high four turnovers. Senior Matt Dittemore picked up the win in goal for Greensboro stopping eight Lion shots.
With the win, the Pride's overall record improves to 3-7 on the season. The Pride will return to action on April 9th when the Wildcats of Randolph College comes to Pride Field. The first faceoff is set for 3:30 PM. For the latest on Greensboro College Athletics, continue to follow www.greesnborocollegesports.com.