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Kellen Asmundson and Jack Timerson combined for six goals against Post (photo by Ben Cash)Kellen Asmundson and Jack Timerson combined for six goals against Post (photo by Ben Cash)

Tusculum builds early lead in 11-6 win over Post

Asmundson nets four goals, dished two assists in victory

Box Score

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Kellen Asmundson scored four goals and added two assists as Tusculum College defeated Post University 11-6 in non-conference men's lacrosse action Tuesday night at Pioneer Field.

Jack Timerson and Brad Sage each had two goals and an assist for the Pioneers (4-1), who defeated the Eagles (3-2) in a matchup of first-year programs. Tusculum used a 6-0 run over a 15-minute span of the first and second quarters to take the upper hand and earn the victory.

Asmundson, who leads the Pioneers with 13 goals in five games, scored all four of his goals in the first three quarters and dished out both assists in the fourth quarter to help the Pioneers maintain a five-goal cushion. As a team, Tusculum scored five goals in the first quarter and two in each of the final three quarters while limiting Post to no more than two goals in any quarter.

Tim Wright led Post with two goals while Brian Beatson had a goal and an assist. The Eagles were outshot 51-31 by the Pioneers, committed 24 turnovers and lost the ground ball battle by a 47-28 margin.

Tusculum took a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game on a man-up goal by David Fernandes, but Post cacme back with goals from Alex Brownlee and Beatson to go up 2-1 with 6:37 left in the first quarter. From there, it was all Pioneers as Sage and Timerson scored 46 seconds apart to put Tusculum on top 3-2, and Asmundson and Timerson added goals in the final 90 seconds for a 5-2 lead after one quarter.

The Pioneers extended their lead to 7-2 on goals by Darrin Wilson and Asmundson in the second quarter, but a late goal from Wright enabled the Eagles to cut the margin to 7-3 at the half. The Pioneers outshot the Eagles 31-15 in the first half and had a 22-7 advantage in ground balls.

Post trimmed the Tusculum lead to 7-4 just 10 seconds into the third quarter on a goal from Jack Kearney, but Asmundson scored less than 90 seconds later to push the Pioneers back up 8-4. Wright and Asmundson exchanged goals to end the third quarter, which saw the Pioneers hold a 9-5 advantage.

Ben Boyd got on the scoreboard with 9:42 left to give the Pioneers a 10-5 lead, and Sage closed out the scoring with 15 seconds left after Kyle Shannon had scored with the man up for the Eagles with 1:34 to play.

Tusculum's Alexander Kleinberg was strong at the faceoff dot, taking all 20 draws and winning 13 while collecting nine ground balls. Boyd and Mitch Chapman had eight ground balls apiece for the Pioneers, with Chapman adding three caused turnovers. Coogan Lethco and Michael Graziano had two caused turnovers, leading to five ground balls for Graziano.

Kearney led the Eagles with four ground balls, while Chris Cruz had three and seven players had two apiece. Wright led the Post offense with nine shots, with five off the stick of Beatson and four from Brownlee.

Tusculum finished the game 2-for-5 with the man advantage, while Post was successful on two of its four extra-man opportunities. Pioneer goalkeeper John Perrucci finished with 14 saves for the Pioneers, while Anthony DeRosa had 15 saves for the Eagles.

The Pioneers return to South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday when they travel to Brevard to face yet another first-year program in the Tornados. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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