Roberts Wesleyan vs. Mars Hill
February 17, 2013
The Game Story:
GREENSBORO, N.C. (February 17, 2013) – The Men’s Lacrosse team fell 6-5 to Mars Hill (N.C.) College on a last second goal by the Lions to drop their 2013 season opener.

The Redhawks played Mars Hill close throughout the game as each team traded goals the entire game. Both sides were unable to distance themselves as there were a total of six lead changes.

Freshman Seth Miller opened up the scoring five minutes into the first period by sending a shot past the Lions’ goalkeeper Patrick McMahon.

After Mars Hill responded, freshman Dom Cianfarano scored his first goal of his college career at the 4:05 mark in the first to give Roberts Wesleyan a 2-1 lead.

The lead would not last with Mars Hill scoring two straight in the second period to send the hosts into the break with a 3-2 lead.

Roberts Wesleyan would finally tie the game with Cianfarano’s second goal coming with just 4:37 left in the third period to tie it up at 3-3.

Newcomer Tyler Kleehammer gave the visitors the lead early in the fourth before the Lions scored another pair of goals to retake the lead.

Things would get interesting late in the game as the Redhawks drew even with Mars Hills when Craig Petit scored the equalizer with just :13 ticks left in the game.

The Lions, who are receiving votes in the latest USILA Poll, got the game winner from Kile Garrett as time expired to pick up the win.

In goal, Matt Hamilton played all 60 minutes, making nine saves after facing 40 shots in the game.

From the face-off spot, Anthony Nuccie Lauria was superb by winning 6 of 13 face-offs and picking up five ground balls.

Roberts Wesleyan played a man down for seven minutes as the team was called for a total of nine penalties compared to the Lions’ seven penalties for a total time of just 4:30.

The loss marks the second straight season opening loss for Roberts Wesleyan, but the team has a quick turnaround as they travel to take on Pfeiffer (N.C.) College on Tuesday at 3pm.