EAST HARTFORD, CONN. – The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team fell in the National Championship to Le Moyne College on a wet and chilly Sunday afternoon at Rentschler Field, home of UCONN Football. The Bears were held scoreless in the third quarter and the Dolphins outscored LR 7-1 in the second half.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 1 Le Moyne 12, No. 2 Lenoir-Rhyne 6
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (15-2), Le Moyne (15-0)
Location: Rentschler Field | East Hartford, Conn.

STATS OF THE GAME:

  • Will Canata got the scoring started with his 17th tally of the season before Matt Hutchings answered for the Dolphins.
  • After a second Le Moyne goal, Eric Dickinson took over. The senior scored three straight to put LR ahead 4-2.
  • The Dolphins would score three straight to take a 5-4 lead before Dickinson struck again for his 50th goal of the year and the game was tied at the break.
  • Le Moyne's defense took over in the second half and limited the Bears to just one goal in the final 30 minutes. Hutchings scored three in the second half, with two coming on the man advantage, to send the Dolphins to their sixth national championship in program history.
  • Toron Eccleston would score the final goal of the game with 4:14 left in the fourth quarter to give the sophomore 53 on the season.
  • Myles Moffat notched a pair of assists and Zach Bodeau won 15-of-22 face-offs and grabbed 12 ground balls.
  • Hutchings finished with six goals for the Dolphins and Zach Pierce had two goals and five assists.
  • Noah Johnson made 12 saves for the Bears while Frank Delia stopped 15 shots for Le Moyne.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • The six goals were the fewest in a game since Lake Erie held LR to that same total back on March 2, 2016.
  • This was the first National Championship appearance in program history and the second for any LR program in the NCAA era. The 2013 Football Team also lost in the National Championship game.
  • Eric Dickinson finishes his career with 206 career goals which ranks him fifth in NCAA Division II history. Additionally, Dickinson's 310 career points ranks him eighth in DII history.
  • This was the first-ever matchup between these two programs.
  • This was Lenoir-Rhyne's first game away from Moretz Stadium since March 30. It also marked the only loss of the season away from home.
  • This was Lenoir-Rhyne's eighth game against a ranked team this season.