Saint Andrews vs. Lees-mcrae
April 15, 2008
The Game Story:
LAURINBURG, N.C.—Junior Nate Hull made 13 saves in the second half keeping visiting No. 5 seed Lees-McRae College off the scoreboard in the final 30 minutes as No. 4 seed St. Andrews Presbyterian College won its first round Conference Carolinas Men’s Lacrosse Tournament game, 10-4, on Tuesday afternoon at Knights Field.

The Knights, who improved to 4-12 on the season, will face No. 1 seed and tournament host Limestone College in the conference semifinals on Friday morning at 11:00 p.m. in Gaffney, S.C. The Saints are also ranked No. 3 in the nation. The Bobcats are eliminated from the tourney with a 3-9 record.

Hull picked up his third win of the season making 18 total saves on the game while limiting Lees-McRae to just four goals.

Senior attack Cole Howell (St. Albert, Alberta, Canada) scored four goals and added two assists to lead the Knights offensively with his six-point performance. Junior attack John Holt (Montclair, Va.) added a season-high two goals in his first start of the season.

St. Andrews scored the first four goals of the game and led for the remainder of the game. A late give-away in the first quarter allowed Lees-McRae to final score its first goal of the game as junior Kirk Rogers (Casselberry, Fla.) scored with 4.5 seconds left in the opening frame.

The Bobcats kept the momentum heading into the second quarter as sophomore Matt Markey (Burlington, N.C.) scored on an extra-man opportunity just 12 seconds into the stanza. Sophomore Brandon Marks (Durham, N.C.) netted another Bobcats goal just two minutes later to pull the visitors to within one, 4-3.

Howell broke up the run by Lees-McRae with his third goal of the game for his fifth hat trick on the season. Junior Madison Thompson (Durham, N.C.) responded with a goal at the 5:45 mark in the second to cut the deficit to one-tally.

However, that was the last time the Bobcats found the back of the Knights net as Hull kept Lees-McRae scoreless for the last 35 minutes of game time. Hull had six saves in the third and seven stops in the fourth while St. Andrews scored a pair of goals in each quarter to coast to the next round with a six-goal victory.

SAPC held a slim 34-31 shot advantage while LMC grabbed a 41-40 ground ball edge. The Bobcats were 1-for-4 on the EMO while the Knights were 0-for-2. Lees-McRae won 9-of-16 face offs.

Sophomore Kyle Carnaggio (Pasadena, Md.) provided the Knights with one goal and one assist. A trio of freshman Knights netted one goal including Chris Michela (Oak Hill, Va.), Ryan Hauswirth (Crownsville, Md.), and Fred Parsons (Glen Burnie, Md.).

Junior Kyle Loda (Vienna, Va.) dished out two helpers for the Knights while classmate Marcus Kirby (Greensboro, N.C.), who won 6-of-11 face offs, handed out one assist. Freshman Nick Lewnes (Arnold, Md.) also had one assist.

Bobcats’ freshman goalie Andy Nesdill (Phoenix, Ariz.) made 11 saves including eight in the second half in the loss. Marks had a team-high two points with one goal and one assist.