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Bucs Take Control Late to Snap Drought

April 11, 2015

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Lacrosse team scored four of the last five goals to top Cornell College 10-8 in a Midwest Lacrosse Conference game at Strong Stadium Saturday.

Zach Carner (Matt Kelly) gave Beloit an early lead in the opening quarter before the Rams scored back-to-back to move on top.  Grant Oie (Aidan Whinnery) evened it up at 2-2 at the 5:50 mark but CC took a 3-2 lead after one with a score 25 seconds later.

Liam O'Connor tied it at 3-all just under three minutes into the second quarter before Cornell scored two straight to take a two-goal advantage.  Whinnery tallied twice in a 22-second span, the first goal assisted by O'Connor, to tie it up again but the Rams retook the lead at 3:57.  Whinnery (O'Connor) scored with five seconds left in the half for his third goal in five-plus minutes to make it 6-6 at the break.

Cornell jumped back on top midway through the third period before the Buccaneers took control of the game with three unanswered scores.  Kelly (Whinnery), O'Connor (Rikley Buckingham) and Whinnery (O'Connor) scored in the final 4:17 of the period to put the Bucs up 9-7 heading to the fourth.

Cornell pulled back to within a goal 1:36 into the fourth quarter but Kelly re-established the two-goal lead to close out the scoring as the Buccaneers held CC at bay the rest of the way.

Jake Wallace had eight ground balls and four caused turnovers to support the winning effort while Carner added five ground balls.  John Murphy made 19 saves in net, the second-most ever in a game for Beloit.

Beloit continues its regular season-ending four-game homestand on Wednesday when they host Fontbonne University at Strong.  Faceoff is at 4:00 p.m.