Mars Hill vs. Catawba
April 17, 2009
The Game Story:
WINGATE, N.C. - The top-seeded Mars Hill College Lions defeated fourth-seeded Catawba College 9-8 in semifinal action in the Deep South Conference Tournament Friday afternoon at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field. The Lions improve to 11-3 overall and advance to the championship game Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Catawba falls to 3-8 on the year.

Sophomore attack Eric Benesch (Bloomingdale, Ontario) led the Mars Hill attack with four goals. Junior attack Danny Farmer (Calgary, Alberta) added two goals for the Lions.

Senior attack Mike Dolesh (Aquasco, Md.) led the Catawba Indians with three goals. Freshman midfielder Braden Artem (Acton, Ontario) added two goals while sophomore attack Marty Tuohy (Weymouth, Mass.) had a goal and two assists for the Catawba Indians.

Farmer got the scoring started at the 12:50 mark. Catawba junior midfielder Walter McDonough (Wilmington, N.C.) answered less than two minutes later to tie the game at one. The teams would continue to trade goals until Mars Hill junior midfielder Kevin Woods (New Market, Ontario) netted a goal six minutes into the second period. That was followed by a goal from senior attack David Hodgins (Windsor, Ontario) at the 6:54 mark to give Mars Hill a 5-3 lead.

Dolesh answered with a goal 47 seconds later to cut the lead to one. Farmer scored with 2:25 remaining in the half to give the Lions a 6-4 lead. Dolesh once again had the answer, scoring 1:16 before halftime to make it 6-5 going into intermission.

The Catawba Indians scored the first two goals of the second half. Artem tied the game at the 7:20 mark. Junior midfielder C.J. Dunshie (Apex, N.C.) gave Catawba its first lead of the game at the 5:06 mark, making it 7-6.

The Lions tied the game 26 seconds into the fourth, on a goal from sophomore attack Benesch. He would add two more goals in a 25-second span to give Mars Hill a 9-7 lead. Catawba cut the lead to one on a goal from Tuohy at the 2:20 mark. Tuohy had a pair of shots in the final minute to tie the game, but both were saved by senior goalie Nick Sigona (Auburn, N.Y.).

Mars Hill held a 42-25 advantage in shots, including a 22-15 edge in shots on goal. The Lions also held a decisive 49-22 advantage in ground balls. Sigona had seven saves on the afternoon. Sophomore Colin McClimans (Washington, D.C.) racked up 13 saves for Catawba.