Presbyterian vs. Detroit Mercy
April 4, 2009
The Game Story:
CLINTON, S.C. – On Senior Day, it was junior Andrew Athens who helped give the Presbyterian College men’s lacrosse team its first victory of the season by scoring seven goals in the 15-12 win over Detroit Mercy.

The victory pushes PC to 1-9 on the season. The Titans now stand at 0-8.

Down two at the break, the Blue Hose outscored the visitors 7-2 in the final half, including outscoring the Titans 4-0 in the crucial fourth period of play.

Andrew Athens led all scorers with seven goals on just seven shots on goal. Sean Mulford tallied five points on one goal and five assists. Casey Minick tallied three goals while Ben Ewing came off the bench to net two scores.

Devin Pinkston and Patrick Foy each added a goal and an assist while Drew Tobias added an assist.

Minick tallied a team-best six ground balls while Blake Studstill had five. Foy, Andrew Athens and Tobias each scooped up four as did Ewing. Tobias and Studstill forced two caused turnovers while Foy forced the Titans into two miscues.

Jon Athens recorded 13 saves while playing all 60 minutes of the victory.

After Detroit-Mercy went up 11-8 just 52 seconds into the second half, Andrew Athens once again pulled the squad within two at the 11:44 mark. Mulford’s goal at 10:59 had the home team within striking distance, making it 11-10.

With the momentum, Foy notched the game-tying score at the 9:16 mark. However, Detroit-Mercy pulled ahead with 74 seconds remaining in the half, taking the one-goal lead into the fourth period.

Tobias won the face-off to start the fourth quarter, picked up the ground ball and found Minick, who quickly struck to tie the game at 12-12 just seven seconds into the final period.

At the 12:02 mark, Foy picked up the ground ball and gave it to Ewing. He then made a quick move toward the center of the field before putting the game-winning goal into the net.

Playing tremendous defense, the Blue Hose kept the Titans at bay, translating into more possessions for the home squad. Mulford found Andrew Athens for a man-up goal with 8:35 remaining, giving the Blue Hose some breathing room.

Ewing’s goal at 4:29 all but sealed the victory for PC, marking the team’s first win over a Division I opponent.

In a high-scoring first half, PC battled back from a five-goal first-quarter deficit with a superb showing in the second 15 minutes of play.

Devin Pinkston picked up a ground ball after a Cory Stemshorn shot and promptly put it past Vince Diana to make the score 7-3 at the 12:51 mark. PC went right back to work. At 11:41, Andrew Athens fired a shot wide. He got the ball back and 15 seconds later beat Detroit Mercy for another goal, putting the score at 7-4.

Head coach Jason Childs’ team moved within two when Andrew Athens took a Sean Mulford pass and put it in the back of the net at 10:28.

After a quick timeout by the Titans, Drew Tobias won the face-off. Tom Valandra picked up the ground ball and PC went to work, running its offense. Andrew Athens and Mulford connected again. Mulford found a cutting Andrew Athens, who made the score 7-6 in favor of the visitors.

The Titans went on a brief run on their own, scoring two quick goals to go up 9-6.

PC battled back, registering a goal at 6:19 to pull within two, 9-7. Devin Pinkston made a pass to Casey Minick, who made a quick move with his stick toward the goal. The ball found the back of the net for Childs’ team. PC made it 9-8 when Patrick Foy found Andrew Athens at the 5:29 mark.

Detroit-Mercy pushed its advantage back to two goals, 10-8, with 4:13 to play. Each team had multiple opportunities to score in the final 253 seconds of action, but neither could convert, making the intermission score at 10-8.

The contest marked the last home game of Dave Hahn, Nick Plaisted, Billy Rinaldi, Drew Tobias and Chris Williams’ careers.

The Blue Hose return to action on April 10 at Bryant.