Men's lacrosse beats Huntingdon, 13-4, in season-opener

Bryan Byers, photo by Kayla Sanner
Bryan Byers, photo by Kayla Sanner

ROME, Ga. – Bryan Byers had three goals and one assist as the Berry College men's lacrosse team opened the season with a 13-4 win over visiting Huntingdon on Saturday. The Vikings are 1-0 and HC dropped to 1-2 for the year.

The game was tied 2-2 at halftime despite BC out-shooting the Hawks 26-10 in the first 30 minutes. The home team, however, outscored the visitors 4-0 in the third quarter and 7-2 in the final period en-route to the win.

Max Smerka had two goals and two assists for Berry. Nat Morey tallied twice and Michael Harper recorded a goal and an assist. Eight different players scored for BC.

"I think it was a matter of us taking better shots and waiting just a bit when shooting," said Head Coach Curtis Gilbert after earning his first win at Berry College. "I thought we played really well and executed our game plan today."

The contest featured strong goalkeeping. Jordan Boreman notched 14 saves for the Vikings and HC's Fabien Gutierrez stopped 19 BC shots.

Berry held a big lead in shots (53-22) and had the edge in ground balls (31-25), too. The Hawks led in faceoffs, 11-10.

The Vikings host Piedmont on Wednesday. First faceoff is at 4 p.m.

Watch and Hear Coach Gilbert after the game: