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).

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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

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.