Mars Hill vs. Belmont Abbey
March 10, 2010
The Game Story:
MARS HILL, N.C. - The seventh ranked Lions' lacrosse team defeated the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey College, 11-6 Wednesday night at the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium. Mars Hill improved to 4-1 on the year while Belmont Abbey fell to 1-3 on the season.

The first quarter was a defensive battle. The teams ended the first period with a 1-all tie. MHC then exploded for five second half goals while allowing the Crusaders only another single score to take a 6-2 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

The Crusaders won the third stanza, 3-2 but the Lions answered out scoring Belmont Abbey 3-2 in the last quarter to make the final tally 11-6 in favor of the Lions.

Belmont Abbey out shot MHC, 38-33 and won 14-18 face-offs against the Lions. The ground ball battle was tied at 29-all. Belmont was 4-13 on extra man opportunities while MHC converted on 2-8 of their man-up chances.

Danny Farmer (Calgary, Alberta) led MHC with four goals and the same number of assists. Tyler Farmer (Calgary, Alberta) followed with three goals while Eric Benesch (Bloomingdale, Ontario) added a goal and a pair of assists. Cade Zulak (Ajax, Ontario) recorded two goals in the win. Dylan Price (York, Pa.) played the entire 60 minutes in goal for Mars Hill and made 12 saves and picked up four ground balls. Chris Cudmore (Whitby, Ontario) led the Lions defense with four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Cudmore also recorded an assist in the game

Dave DiLuigi led Belmont Abbey with three goals and two ground balls. Ryan Corrigan added a goal and a pair of assists in the loss. Tony Kikola also played the entire contest in the net for the Crusaders and made 10 saves.

The Lions' next contest will be a big one as MHC takes on No. 5 Limestone College. The teams will meet at 2 p.m. in Gaffney, S.C.