March 11, 2009

Lees-McRae's Upset Bid Falls Short to 8th Ranked Mars Hill, 12-8

MARS HILL, N.C. - The No. 8 Mars Hill College Lions defeated the Lees-McRae College Bobcats, 12-8 in non-conference men's lacrosse action at the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium Wednesday afternoon, despite Andy Nesdill recording a career high 25 saves and Matt Smith earning his first collegiate goals.


Mars Hill College remains undefeated at 5-0, while Lees-McRae falls to 0-4 on the season.

David Hodgins and Danny Farmer led Mars Hill scoring four goals apiece. Danny Farmer added two assists in the win. Cade Zulak added two scores while Tyler Farmer provided the team with a a pair of assists. Nick Sigona played all 60 minutes in goal for the Lions and made 11 saves.

Smith came off the bench to pace the Bobcats with three goals while Danny Ives scored two goals and added one assist in the loss. Smith's first goal came with 7:49 remaining in the second period for his first career goal. Derin Vacca recorded one goal and an assist in the contest for the Bobcats.

Nesdill played extremely well for Lees-McRae making 25 saves and facing 51 shots. Nesdill's 25 saves is a new career high. This is back-to-back career high saves games and back-to-back 20 plus saves for Nesdil between the pipes.

After trading goals during the first 12 minutes of play, Zulak scored on an assist from Danny Farmer with 2:49 left in the first quarter and the Lions would never trail gain.

Mars Hill outscored Lees-McRae 4-1 in the opening frame and 3-1 in the second stanza to take a 7-2 advantage into the locker room at the intermission.

The Lions won the third period outscoring the Bobcats 4-2 before Lees-McRae won the fourth quarter outscoring the Lions, 4-1 to make the final tally, 12-8 in favor of Mars Hill.

Mars Hill outshot the Bobcats, 51-27 and won the ground ball battle, 44-32.

The Lions dominated face-offs winning 20-of-22 attempts.

Mars Hill was 3-for-5 on extra man opportunities, while Lees-McRae went 0-4.

Pictured: Matt Smith

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2009 Season Stats