Still under construction: Bulldogs blow fourth-quarter lead, fall to 1-5

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The Barton College men’s lacrosse team fell short of grabbing its first home win in its very brief history against the University of Montevallo (Alabama) on Friday afternoon as the Bulldogs blew a 11-8 fourth quarter lead to lose the nonconference test, 14-12.

“Being a first-year program with new guys, this is the first time we’ve been in this situation,” Barton head coach Warren Shumate said. “It’s just hard to lose a game — it hurts. Nobody wants to lose a game like that at the end of the game. 

The Bulldogs (1-5) of NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas held a 9-8 lead at Electric Supply Company Field heading into the fourth quarter when Mason Chaney put in two of his game-high four goals in the first three minutes of the game. 

“We’ve got some very good players,” Shumate said. “Just because we’re a first-year program, everybody on the team knows that we’re talented and they want to win.”

But the Falcons (2-4) stormed back with six goals in five minutes by four different players. Jackson Neufeld scored two of his three goals in that period and Kordell Primus launched his only two goals of the day as well. Thomas Vaesen had the team-high in goals with four, including one in the fourth quarter. 

“They beat us — we broke down on defense and made a couple bad decisions on offense,” Shumate said. 

Barton maintained the lead for most of the game as they scored the first two goals of the game in the first three minutes by Chaney and Jake Copio. The game was only tied for about five minutes throughout the first three quarters of the game. 

Montevallo, which competes in Div. II Great Lakes Valley Conference in men’s lacrosse, fired 31 shots on goal to 25 by Barton and outshot the Bulldogs, 47-36. Shumate said he wants to go back and watch the film and hope to keep doing the good things well and put together a full game.

“We’ve got the right guys on the team right now, we just have to put it together for four quarters,” Shumate said. “All but one game this year, we’ve been in it or ahead right in it until the fourth quarter.”

The Bulldogs will be back in action Monday in another nonconference game against Palm Beach Atlantic, starting at 1 p.m.