Mountain Lion rally falls short to Cavaliers 10-9

Mason McBroom

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – Mason McBroom scored four goals for Young Harris College but it wasn't enough as Walsh University held on for a 10-9 men's lacrosse victory over the Mountain Lions Monday (March 10) evening at Vasco Field.

The Cavaliers improved to 2-0 while the Mountain Lions, who have dropped four one-goal decisions in 2014, fell to 2-6. Young Harris continues its spring break trip Wednesday (March 13) with a 2 p.m. contest against Ohio University in Vienna, W.Va.

Walsh opened up a 4-1 lead as Nicholas Castorf scored 37 seconds into the second quarter before McBroom scored a man-up goal and Ryan Ningard added a goal for Young Harris as the Mountain Lions trimmed the deficit to 4-3 with 9:15 remaining before the half. However, the Cavaliers scored the final two goals of the quarter as Walsh took a 6-3 lead at the half.

After Mason Axline scored 1:20 in the second half gave the Cavaliers a 7-3 advantage, the Mountain Lions scored four unanswered goals to tie the match at 7 with 6:34 remaining in the third quarter. Will Peek scored twice for the Mountain Lions while Matt Spadafora and Connor Pittman knocked in the others.

Castorf, who scored four goals for the Cavaliers, scored back-to-back goals and Alex Hudgens added another as Walsh took a 10-7 lead with 7:39 remaining. McBroom scored back-to-back goals over a 51-second span to cut the Cavalier lead down to 10-9 with 5:27 left, but the Mountain Lions, who outshot Walsh 42-30, couldn't find the equalizer.

Zac Barrett picked up 15 faceoff wins and eight ground balls for Young Harris.  Joe Appolonia registered seven ground balls to go along with his two assists. Stephen Jordan collected five ground balls while Zachary Laird, who had two assists, and Tanner Shepardson each added four as the Mountain Lions had 47 in the game.

Bobby Parker had seven saves in goal for the Mountain Lions.