MT. OLIVE, N.C. – The Emmanuel College men's lacrosse team is Conference Carolinas Tournament bound for the first time in program history.
THE ROAD TO THE TOURNEY
EC took down two conference opponents to advance to the conference tournament for their 2019 season.
A 22-17 decision over Chowan would give EC their first Conference Carolinas win since joining the NCAA. Five Lions gathered hat-tricks against the Hawks with Matthew Mitchell leading the pack with a six goal performance. The EC defense would gather five caused turnovers and have a perfect second half in clearing.
Just a week removed from downing the Hawks, EC was back in the win column taking down Lees-McRae in overtime 16-15. The Lions scored big early taking a 10-4 lead at the halftime break, but could not seem to slow down the Bobcats in the second half. Lees-McRae scored in the final second of the game to stay alive and face overtime. The offensive duo of Mitchell and Stull would send in the decision maker and the dog pile ensued.
Alex Stull brought the Minnesota Magic again this season scoring 38 goals in his junior season. Following closely behind was Matthew Mitchell collecting 33 goals, but his ball movement elevated EC with a team high 27 assists. Mitchell's 27 assists lands him third in the conference.
The Lions saw two seniors play their final home contest this year as Roman Tavani and Alec Ammons are both set to graduate this May. Tavani saw action in 13 games this season collecting 11 ground balls and four caused turnovers. Ammons collected nine loose balls and took away three from the opponents while also gaining an assist in his final season.
The team also says farewell to Jessica Brett, the team's manager, who played a pivotal roll in the Lions' success this season.
By: Patrick Ammons