Coker Falls 17-5 to Visiting Belmont Abbey

HARTSVILLE, S.C. The Coker lacrosse team suffered a tough 17-5 loss to Conference Carolinas rival the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on Wednesday night.

The Cobras and the Crusaders played a tightly contested first half with Belmont Abbey taking 4-3 lead into halftime. Belmont Abbey tacked on three goals in the third quarter to make it 7-3, but the Cobras answered with goals from Keith LaClair (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and C.J. Bogue (Jupiter, Fla.) cutting the lead to just two (7-5).

The Crusaders turned up the offensive pressure, scoring 10 goals to close out the game.

LaClair finished the game with two goals for the Cobras, while Timothy Smith (Commack, N.Y.) also found the back of the net twice. Bogue added a goal, with Ryan Vento (Bellmore, N.Y.) and Steven Marciano (Shirley, N.Y.) each tallying an assist.

Josh Masciarelli (Binghamton, N.Y.) made 11 saves in the cage for the Cobras.

Coker is back in action on Saturday in a non-conference game at Lenoir-Rhyne. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.

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Tanner Scharr scored six goals, and now has 10 in his last two games, as Belmont Abbey posted a 17-5 win at Coker this evening. The win propels the Abbey's record to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in Conference Carolinas, while Coker, a first-year program, falls to 2-12 overall and 1-3 in league play. The Abbey's 17 goals are the most since the Crusaders defeated St. Andrews 19-7 on April 14, 2009.

The Crusaders dominated from the start, as they outshot the Cobras 41-18, earned an 18-8 face-off advantage, and won the ground ball battle 41-34.

Scharr, who scored four times in the win over Florida Tech, found the back of the net six times tonight on eight shots as he led all players. Brendan Rogers added three, while Joey McGinley and Jared Shickles added a pair. Scotty Steele, Jarrett Bergin, Gregg Medici and Josiah Nash all posted one each. Steele handed out five assists, while Rogers had two. Bergin, Morrissey and Nash all had one each.

The Crusaders led 4-1 after one as Rogers, Scharr, Nash and McGinley all scored. Coker's Keth LeClair put the Cobras on the board with nine seconds left in the quarter.

Coker scored the only two goals of the second quarter to close the Abbey's lead to 4-3 at the break, but the Abbey responded in the third, scoring the first three goals of the third quarter, two by Scharr and the other by Shickles to open up a 7-3 lead. Coker responded with two more, including a man-up srike by LeClair, but McGinley fired home a man-up goal with 14 seconds left to move the Crusader lead to 8-5 after three.

The fourth quarter was all Crusaders, as they scored nine unanswered goals on 14 shots to pull away. Scharr posted a natural hat trick, scoring three times in the fourth alone. Rogers totaled two of his three in the quarter.

Goalkeeper Brett Lawless made eight saves in the cage in 54 minutes before giving way to J.J. Rowan, who stopped one shot in the last 5:40.

2012-04-04



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