Joseph Marvin: Assitant Sports Information Director
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The Brevard College Tornados Men's Lacrosse team (4-5) defeated NCAA DII opponent Emmanuel College (3-7), 20-12, on the road on Wednesday afternoon in Franklin Springs, Ga.
Jackson McKaig used eight goals and two assists to surpass the 200-point mark for his career as a Brevard College Tornado. In four seasons, McKaig has totaled 203 points on an impressive 141 goals and 62 assists, all of which are BC Men's Lacrosse all-time program records for a career. McKaig currently ranks second in the USA South with 58 points in the 2019 season thus far.
Hewitt Farr, the conference's second-leading goal-scorer with 39 goals, added to his strong season by finding the back of the net seven times alongside two assists for a total of nine points.
Sam Duffie also contributed heavily to the Tornados' 20-goal outburst, recording three goals and a season-high five assists. Duffie has now scored three goals in each of Brevard's last three games.
Freshman faceoff specialist Nathan Ellen saw a strong performance in faceoffs for the Tornados, making his first career start. Ellen won a career-high 16 faceoffs while snagging three ground balls in the contest for the Tornados.
Freshman goalkeeper Devin McCarragher (1-0) also made his BC starting debut on Wednesday afternoon, recording his first collegiate victory with a strong complete-game in goal. McCarragher tallied 13 saves on 42 shots faced from Emmanuel, which included 24 shots-on-goal.
BC excelled in clears and extra-man opportunities against its DII opponent. The Tornados were successful in 19 of their 28 clear attempts while going 3-for-6 on man-up chances.
Emmanuel was hampered by penalties throughout play on Wednesday, as six infractions totaled five power-play minutes.
Emmanuel got on the board first, firing two goals in the first two minutes of action for an early lead, 2-0.
McKaig put the Tornados on the board with 12:35 left in the first quarter, sending a Farr pass into the back of the net to close the gap, 2-1.
The Lions scored at the 10:06 mark when Alex Stull scored his second goal of the afternoon, pushing Emmanuel's advantage to 3-1.
BC's Duffie and Emmanuel's Allan Velasquez traded scores to keep the margin at two goals in favor of the Lions, 4-2.
A McKaig score followed by four-straight Farr goals, including a man-up score, pushed the Tornados up, 7-4. Emmanuel and Brevard traded each team's next two scores to keep BC up by three goals, 9-6 before McKaig closed the first half out by connecting on a Joel Vacchiano assist, giving the Tornados a 10-6 halftime lead.
The Tornados and Lions played a back-and-forth third period as both sides traded punches before another McKaig goal extended BC's lead to five goals at 14-9.
Brevard used a stretch of five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to seal its big win on the road over DII Emmanuel College, 20-12.
The Tornados are set to return to the confines of Ives-Lemel Family Field for the first time since March 9 as they return to USA South play on Saturday, March 30 against Greensboro College (5-5, 0-1 USAS). The action is set to begin on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.
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