Young Harris battles past Alderson-Broaddus 15-9

Ronnie Adams

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Ryan Ningard scored three times in the second quarter en route as Young Harris College recorded a 15-9 men's lacrosse victory over Alderson-Broaddus College Thursday (Feb. 28) afternoon at the Francis Wood Wilson Soccer Field.

The Mountain Lions improved to 3-1 in their inaugural season while the Battlers fell to 0-2. Young Harris returns to action Saturday (March 2) when they travel to Birmingham, Ala., for a 3 p.m. Central time match against Millsaps College. The game will be played at the Sicard Hollow Sports Complex.

Young Harris took a 9-5 lead at the half after the Mountain Lions scored five of the seven goals that were scored in the second quarter.

Ningard, who led the Mountain Lions with five goals, scored 2:13 into in the quarter to give Young Harris a 5-3 lead. Alderson-Broaddus got the goal back less than a minute later, but Ronnie Adams, Tyler Price and Ningard each found the back of the net to push the Mountain Lions out to a 8-4 lead with 1:47 left  before halftime. The Battlers scored 25 seconds later, but Ningard took advantage of an Alderson-Broaddus penalty to score a man-up goal off a Mike Matthews assists with 33 seconds to play to take a four-goal lead into the locker room.

Alderson-Broaddus scored four of the first seven goals in the second half and closed to 12-9 when Jimmy McCleery scored with 8:53 remaining in the fourth quarter. However, that would be the last goal for the Battlers as the Mountain Lions got goals from Adams, Ningard and Matthews to close out the victory.

Adams added three goals for the Mountain Lions while Price and Jeff Rivait each tallied two. Matthews, Joe Appolonia and Andrew Kim each put goals in the back of the net.  McCleery led the Battlers with four goals.

Ryan Pickowitz (nine) and Bobby Parker (four) stopped 13 shots between the pipes for Young Harris, while Jordan Hayes had 13 saves for Alderson-Broaddus. Young Harris outshot the Battlers 47-34 and held a 40-21 advantage on ground balls.