Adams State Suffers One-Goal Loss to Lindenwood

ALAMOSA, Colo.- Lindenwood (Mo.) used a 5-0 second-quarter run to erase a 6-1 deficit before outscoring host Adams State in a defensive second half and holding on for a 9-8 non-conference win in action Friday afternoon here at the ASC Lacrosse & Soccer Field.

Junior attacks Greg Cameron and Andrew Patterson each had hat-tricks for the Lions, who improved to 10-4 overall with the win. Cameron also scored the game-winner with 10:09 left.

The Grizzlies, paced by four Kevin Bertrand (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) goals in just over 13 first half minutes, dropped their second 1-goal decision of this their inaugural season while falling to 0-7 in NCAA Division II games.

Peterson and Cameron connected for the game's opening goal just 1:22 in before Bertrand tallied back-to-back tallies in what amounted to a 6-0 Grizzly run. The Grizzly freshman also later added a pair of goals just 2:06 apart to begin the second period as the Grizzlies built what was by far their largest lead in their brief lacrosse-playing history.

However, the Lions came rolling back as Peterson and Cameron each tallied two goals in a stellar fine last 9:35 of the half allowing the Lions to even the score by halftime.

The Grizzlies would again take the lead when freshman midfielder Matt Barney (Gilbert, Ariz.) scored off a Brian Bertrand (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) assist with 9:36 to go before Lindenwood's Tyler Davis tied the game once again with 6:25 left in the third.

McNein Hewitt then scored a clutch goal with just seven seconds left in the third quarter putting the Lions up 8-7.

The Lions' lead would be short-lived as Barney tallied his fourth goal of the campaign just 43 seconds into the fourth quarter to re-knot the game at 8 before Cameron scored the eventual game-winner off of Jordan McKay's third assist of the game.

The Lions, who received a strong 21-save effort by junior net-minder Dan Ashlock, then held the Grizzlies out of goal while holding on to the victory.

The Grizzlies dominated the game statistically posting a 45-24 edge in total shots, including a 14-3 edge in the first quarter, when the Grizzlies tallied four of their goals. However, Ashlock had six saves in each of the first two quarters before tallying eighth in the fourth quarter alone to mitigate the Grizzlies' advantage.

The Grizzlies also came up with 64 groundballs to the Lions 49. Furthermore, the hosts were also guilty of 25 turnovers, 14 fewer than the Lions but could not convert on four man-up opportunities.

The Grizzlies' Anthony Willner (Littleton, Colo.) won five of the six faceoffs in the first quarter but claimed just three more faceoff wins the rest of the way.

Kevin Bertrand, who now leads the Grizzlies with 12 goals this season, also recorded an assist on a Chris Cunningham (Littleton, Colo.) goal with 2:27 left in the first quarter and finished the game with a Grizzly-record setting five points.

Barney, who had two goals, Cunningham and Chanson Miller (American Fork, Utah) all had two points each as both Cunningham and Miller scored in the Grizzlies' 5-0 run. Bertrand led all players with 10 shots, seven of which were on goal while Willner and Peter Santamaria (Orem, Utah) had nine groundballs each to share game-high honors.

Cameron also had two assists and finished with five points for the Lions. Freshman Dakota Hunter (Denver, Colo.) had three saves for the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies will continue their search for their first NCAA Division II win when they host Grand Canyon (Ariz.) in a Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association match-up on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The 'Lopes sported 3-8 overall and 2-3 WILA records heading into a Friday night encounter at Mesa State (2-6, 2-3 WILA). One of the 'Lopes wins came by a 10-8 margin over the Grizzlies on Mar. 14 in Phoenix.


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