Memphis (May 9, 2018) - The Rhodes men's lacrosse team earned a decisive 14-1 victory over Huntingdon Wednesday afternoon at Crain Field in the NCAA Tournament second round.
Rhodes's win advances the Lynx to the Sweet 16 where they will play No. 3Gettysburg. That contest will take place on Saturday, May 12th at 1:00 p.m. (EST).
Rhodes senior Steven Yowan tallied his first of three goals just under 30 seconds into the game before scoring went quiet for the remainder of the first quarter. When the Hawks turned the ball over on the opening face-off in the second quarter, Yowan, the midfielder from Darien, Conn. took control of the ball and ripped a jumping laser to the bottom of the cage to give Rhodes a 2-0 lead.
Rhodes would go on to score five goals in the second quarter, from five different Lynx with seven earning at least a point. Attackman David Perez added a goal and an assist within a minute of each other as the period was ending. The Lynx then scored three goals before Huntingdon's Kendrick Ballard helped the Hawks evade a shutout by scoring their lone goal with 6:55 left in the third period.
Rhodes continued with their 9-1 advantage, netting five more goals including two goals and an assist from Perez. Perez, his brother Matt and Yowan accumulated seven of Rhodes's 14 goals in the win.
Rhodes played all 32-eligible Lynx on the sideline as they tallied a 53-20 shot advantage over the Hawks. The Lynx caused nine of Huntingdon's 20 turnovers in the game with Yowan leading the charge with three. David Perez finished with the game-high five points on three goals and two assists while J.J. Hoots recorded seven ground balls as he secured 13-of-18 face-offs.
Huntingdon's Matt Murphy stopped 22 shots in the cage while Link picked up his 12th win of the year after seven saves.
Rhodes and Gettysburg will meet for the first time this Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament. The Bullets are 17-2 on the year and received a Pool "C" bid into the NCAA Tournament after 9-8 loss to No. 9-ranked Dickinson in the Centennial Conference Championship. Rhodes will take on the Bullets in historical Gettysburg at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium at 1 p.m. EST.