Photo by Tere Poplin
GREENVILLE, S.C. – (Box Score | Invitational Schedule) In the third quarterfinal game of the day, No. 1 Davenport scored ten first half goals to defeat No. 8 Lindenwood-Belleville, 18-7, Thursday night at Sirrine Stadium.
With the win, Davenport (18-2) advances into the semifinals of the national invitational and will face the winner of No. 4 Lourdes (Ohio) and No. 5 Missouri Baptist Friday at 7 p.m. EDT.
Davenport scored on their first possession of the game, as Paul Schalau found Bryan Larocque for a goal. That goal sparked an eight goal run that lasted the first 23 minutes of the game. Jarred Riley, announced as a Second Team All-American yesterday, netted three goals during that stretch.
Bryan Bouas took advantage of an empty net and scored to put Lindenwood-Belleville on the board and cut the deficit to 8-1 midway through the second stanza. Davenport’s Zach Montgomery tallied an assist and a goal in the final minutes of the half to give the Panthers a 10-1 lead at the break.
The Panthers outshot the Lynx 32-10 in the first half and held the advantage in ground balls, 26-16.
Davenport scored three of the first four goals to start the second half to extend its lead to 13-2. Both teams netted a pair of goals in the final minutes of the period to give Davenport a 15-4 lead after the third.
The Lynx netted three of the first four goals in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 16-7 with 4:52 remaining. The Panthers added a pair of goals in the final three minutes for the 18-7 final.
Larocque and Riley both registered a game-high four goals in the win for Davenport. Goalkeeper Logan Poe finished with 19 saves, including 11 in the third period, to pick up the win in the cage.
Bouas ended the game as the top scorer for Lindenwood-Belleville with three goals. Lucas Hartmann added a pair of goals and picked up eight ground balls in the loss.
Lindenwood-Belleville is eliminated from the National Invitational and ends the year with a 10-7 record.
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