Young Harris rally comes up short against Tornados

Joe Appolonia

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Brevard College built up a four-goal lead, but had to hold off a furious Young Harris College rally to record an 11-10 non-conference men's lacrosse victory Wednesday (Feb. 26) afternoon at the YHC Soccer and Lacrosse Field.

The Tornados improved to 2-2 while the Mountain Lions dropped their second consecutive one-goal decision as they fell to 1-4. Young Harris returns to action Monday (March 3) at 3 p.m. when they host Post University.

Young Harris, which outshot Brevard 42-29, tied the match at 1 on Reed Wilkinson's goal with 9:45 remaining in the first quarter. It would remain that way until Matthew Dropuljic scored the first of his six goals for the Tornados with 14 seconds left in the quarter.

Brevard added three goals in the first two minutes of the second quarter to open a 5-1 lead as they took advantage of two unreleasable penalties whistled against the Mountain Lions. Young Harris got a man-up goal of its own as Mason McBroom scored with 12:36 remaining in the half on the first of two assists by Matt Spadafora.

The Mountain Lions closed with goals from Zachary Laird, Joe Appolonia and Spadafora to tie the match at 5 with 4:29 remaining; however, another goal from Dropuljic with 88 seconds left gave Brevard a 6-5 lead at the break.

Appolonia tied the game at 6 with 9:38 remaining in the third quarter off a McBroom assist for the Mountain Lions before Brevard scored four unanswered goals to open up a 10-6 lead on a Dropuljic goal with 12:56 left in the match.

Appolonia added his third goal for the Mountain Lions 53 seconds later before Brevard got its final goal from Al Blackman with 9:26 to go to give the Tornados an 11-7 lead. Ryan Ningard scored three goals in a three-minute span to get the Mountain Lions within a goal at 11-10 with 1:24 remaining, but Young Harris wasn't able to score the equalizer to send the match into overtime.

Brevard won 11 of the 20 faceoffs and held a slight 27-25 advantage in ground balls. Andrew Kim won seven faceoffs and collected seven ground balls for the Mountain Lions.  Wilkinson added three ground balls while Laird, Tanner Shepardson and Ningard each had two apiece. Bobby Parker recorded seven saves for the Mountain Lions in goal.