MARS HILL, N.C. --- The Mars Hill College men's lacrosse team tallied six straight goals en route to a 14-6 victory over Lees-McRae College on Wednesday evening, outscoring the Bobcats by a 10-4 margin in the first half in a non-conference matchup.
Mars Hill (6-3) outshot the Bobcats (0-7) by a 47-26 margin on the day, including a 32-18 advantage in shots on target, while edging Lees-McRae by a 39-30 tally in ground balls. Tim Burns paced the Lions with a game-high four goals, while Tyler Farmer and Eric Benesch each posted a hat trick. T.J. Cowx added three assists, as Kile Garrett tallied a pair of helpers. Dylan Price allowed five goals in 55 minutes of play between the pipes while making 12 saves.
Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) led the Bobcats with his second hat trick of the season, as Kyle Ficken (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Brett Yusiewicz (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Jon Bastel (Raleigh, N.C.) each tallied a goal. Derrin Vacca (Wake Forest, N.C.) added two assists and went 9-for-12 in the center-x, while Andy Nesdill (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded 18 saves between the pipes.
Mars Hill took an early advantage with two goals in the first four minutes before the Bobcats responded, evening the score at 2-2 with a pair of tallies within a 45-second span, eliminating the lead on Ficken's sixth goal of the season at the 8:51 mark of the first period. After Cowx gave the Lions the lead and Bastel answered for the Bobcats on the man advantage, Benesch scored with seven ticks left on the clock to send MHC into the second period with a 4-3 lead.
Burns opened the second with his first of the game at the 13:29 mark, and after Ives answered with 11:46 left on the clock, the Lions tallied six straight goals to claim an 11-4 advantage early in the third quarter. Ives responded with his second of the game at the 11:43 mark, and capped the afternoon's scoring to complete his hat trick with 2:17 left on the clock.
Lees-McRae returns to action on Saturday when the Bobcats host Wingate University at 2 p.m. on Tate Field.
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