The Lenoir-Rhyne Bears Move On

In DII Lacrosse action, the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears (15-3) move on in Tournament Action with a Thrilling, 11-10 last minute win over the University of Indianapolis (14-4).

Kevin M. Neibauer

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Toron Eccleston scored three times, Noah Johnson made 16 saves and Dylan Stape hit the game winner with :46 on the clock to send the Bears onto the next round where they face the number 1 seed, Tampa.

“Coming down, I saw Colten was double teamed and I kind of sat in the middle,” said Stape. “We do it every day in practice and he looked off and threw it to me. At first, I was like ‘oh shoot, I have the ball’ but then I found the back of the net. It was awesome.”

To the Action

A game that went forth and back revealed a 4-2 Lenoir-Rhyne lead after the opening stanza. UIndy scored first when Bren Johnson (1g) hit net after just forty five seconds. The Bears awoke and went on a four goal run thanks to, Colton McCracken (1g,2a), Tommy Aguilar (2g,2a), Toron Eccleston (3g,1 helper) and Kyle Hatcher (1a) setting the plate for Bryce Reece (1g) and with :10 remaining, Wyatt Auyer (2g) stopped the run.

End of the First, 4-2 Bears.

Second Quarter:

After the six goal opening stanza, both teams offenses stagnated a bit with just two goals with each squad claiming one. With :27 played, Aguilar hit net for the second time to make it a three goal difference. Neither team could dent twine for over ten minutes until James Whiteford (1g) scored at the 3:47 mark.

End of Half, 5-3 Lenoir-Rhyne.

A wild third quarter saw nine goals combined to thrill the crowd at Moretz Stadium in Hickory, NC. Eccleston pushed it to 6-3 with a matching goal from Parker Johnson (3g) before the Bears added goals from, Myles Moffatt (1a) setting up Victor Powell followed with an unassisted Will Canata (2g,1a) goal.

Johnson and Canata exchanged tallies before Indy cut into the lead to start a comeback supplied by Owain Braddock (3g) and Auyer. McCracken fed a wide open Eccleston to end the third

End of Three, 10-7 Bears .

The Run in Force:

Braddock, Johnson and Braddock’s third, made it three Hounds goals in a row and 5 of the last six to get it even, 10-10 with just 4:19 to go. The McCracken to Stape heroics climaxed the thrilling 11-10 game


Shots went 43-35 for the hounds with the Hounds putting 26 on net to the Bears 20.

Turnovers had 18 for the Bears to the 11 for UIndy. Ground Balls were nearly even, 28-27 for Lenoir-Rhyne. Faceoffs had a15 -10; Hounds advantage.

Austin Barnett stopped 9 for the Hounds with the 16 for Noah Johnson.

Lenoir-Rhyne Advances in DII action

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.