GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University men's lacrosse team fell to second-seed Reinhardt (Ga.) University 14-13 in the NAIA Invitational Quarterfinal game at Sirrine Stadium in Greenville, S. C.
Reinhardt wasted no time in building a 1-0 lead over Lawrence Tech (10-4). However, they underestimated the explosiveness of the Blue Devils', allowing four consecutive goals to fall behind 4-1 with 8:52 on the clock. Gabe O'Neil opened the scoring for LTU with a goal at the 13:12 minute-mark. One minute later, Tim Popp followed with his first of five goals on the day before Tristan Burkhard added a goal of his own. Popp finished the spree with a second goal, expanding the lead to 4-1. The Eagles were able to mount a comeback before time expired in the first with a pair of goals, narrowing the gap to 4-3.
Popp opened the second period, netting a goal with 12:10 left but RU retorted with another pair of goals. The Blue Devils battled to keep space between themselves and the Eagles with strikes from Popp and Frank Badalamenti, making the score 7-5. With just under four minutes to play, Reinhardt added the final goal of the period, sending LTU into halftime with just a one-goal lead 7-6.
Reinhardt went on to outscore the Blue Devils 5-3 in the third period, taking the lead for the first time since 14:25 of the first period. Lawrence Tech opened the quarter with a goal before RU answered, netting a trio to put them up 9-8. Burkhard equalized at 4:19 before two Eagles soared in with an additional two goals. O'Neil fought to keep LTU within one, recording his second goal of the game with 0:01 remaining in the third.
RU went up three goals early in the fourth. Burkhard and F. Badalamenti cut the lead to 13-12 but a final Eagle goal gave RU the victory. The Blue Devils added one more goal in the waning minutes but it was too late as Reinhardt won 14-13
The Blue Devils were led by Tim Popp with five goals followed by Tristan Burkhard with four goals. Gabe O'Neil and Frank Badalamenti each added two apiece. F. Badalamenti and Alex Schlueter picked up five groundballs each while Jacob Sacdalan made seven saves between the pipes for LTU.
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