Piedmont vs. Huntingdon
April 4, 2012
The Game Story:
A 5-2 halftime lead for the host Lions held up in a 13-6 win over visiting Huntingdon College at Walker Field Wednesday afternoon. Piedmont's final home game of the season resulted in a win that evened its season record at 5-5. A scoreless tie remained until 5:45 left in the first period when PC tallied the go-ahead goal.

Steve Blanchard scored first for the men on an assist by Max Rowse. After a Lions' penalty, Huntingdon scored on a man-up opportunity to tie the game at one apiece until John Sumner Gantz, assisted by Patrick Ammons, put the home team up for good. Nick Leaf scored with just over a minute remaining in the first to put the Lions up 3-1 heading into the second period. The Hawks notched the first goal in the second to bridge the gap to 3-2, before Rowse scored his second goal to double up on the Hawks. Gantz then scored about midway through the quarter to give PC a 5-2 lead going into the break.

The Lions pushed the lead further coming out of the locker room, with Blanchard and Rowse being the culprits. Blanchard assisted Rowse for a goal within the first minute, then Rowse added his third goal of the game as Piedmont held a commanding 7-2 lead. The duo of Blanchard and Rowse stung the Hawks once more in the third, when the latter scored on a Blanchard assist. The defense shut out Huntingdon in the third quarter, while goalie Dale Morely came up with 20 saves in the first three periods, eclipsing his school record set earlier this season. He would finish with 24 saves.

The Hawks finally found their way back on the board about five minutes into the final quarter, but still trailed 8-3. However, it was a pair of goals within a minute of each other near the midway part of the fourth from the Hawks that suddenly made the Lions' lead uncomfortable at just 8-5. But the men kept pace, as Rowse, Blanchard and Leaf all scored goals again to put the 12-5 lead out of reach of Huntingdon. Zachary Sprague put icing on the cake with his first collegiate goal for the 13th goal for the men. The Hawks added a sixth goal in the closing minutes, but it was too little, too late as PC clung to a 13-6 lead.

Rowse ended with four goals and one assist, while Blanchard matched with four of his own to go with his two helpers. Gantz and Leaf chipped in with two goals each, while Sprague's goal rounded out the scoring. Rowse and Blanchard now stand at 25 and 26 season goals, respectively. Gantz now has 12 goals overall and Leaf has nine. Blanchard's 18 assists leads the Lions, while Rowse is second with 15. Piedmont now stands even at 5-5 in its inaugural season, and will play its final two games on the road, beginning on April 14 at Greensboro College at 1:00 pm.