Piedmont holds off Mountain Lions 7-5

DEMOREST, Ga. – Piedmont College scored three first-quarter goals en route to a 7-5 men's lacrosse victory over Young Harris College Saturday (April 6) evening at Walker Field.

The Lions improved to 6-8 while the Mountain Lions, who were playing their first match in 17 days, fell to 5-4. Young Harris returns to action Wednesday (April 10) when they travel to Hartsville, S.C., for a 3 p.m. contest against Coker College.

Piedmont jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter and it took Young Harris nearly 30 minutes to score its first goals of the match. The Mountain Lions took score twice in the final 29 seconds of the half to trail 3-2 at the half. Ryan Ningard scored the first goal off a Mike Matthews assist with 29 seconds left on a man-advantage situation and Ronnie Adams added a strike with three seconds remaining off a pass from Joe Appolonia.

The Lions scored two of the three goals scored in the third quarter as they took a 5-3 lead. Piedmont added a score in the opening minutes of the final quarter before the Mountain Lions got back-to-back goals from Tyler Price and Mason McBroom to close the gap to 6-5 with 8:20 remaining. Price's goal came as Young Harris was a man down. However, Piedmont was able to hold the Mountain Lions without a goal the remainder of the match.

Mick Baker had 21 saves for Piedmont in goal while Bobby Parker had 17 for the Mountain Lions. Andrew Kim won nine face-offs for Young Harris and led the Mountain Lions with nine ground balls. Patrick Moran and Tanner Shepardson also had four ground balls apiece for Young Harris.