February 14, 2012

Lions claw past Bobcats, 12-3

Box score

MARS HILL, N.C. --- The Mars Hill College men's lacrosse team held visiting Lees-McRae College scoreless into the fourth quarter en route to a 12-3 victory in non-conference play on Tuesday afternoon.

Mars Hill (2-0) outshot Lees-McRae (0-2) by a 56-20 margin, including a 31-10 advantage in the first half, while winning the ground ball battle, 56-26. Taylor Thilo paced the Lions with three goals and one assist, while Dan Applebaum and T.J. Cowx each tallied two goals. Applebaum and Tyler Wilcox both posted a pair of assists on the afternoon. Dylan Price made 13 saves in goal for the Lions.

Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) tallied two goals and one assist to lead the way for Lees-McRae, as Josh Shingleton (Temecula, Calif.) also found the back of the net for the Bobcats. Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) recorded 25 saves between the pipes for Lees-McRae.

Mars Hill jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first half, tallying a trio of goals in each of the first two periods. Jamie Raezer got the Lions on the board just over a minute into the game, as Cowx gave MHC a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Thilo closed out the second with a pair of goals to push the lead to 6-0, before adding his third less than a minute into the third.

The Lions would stretch the margin to 10-0 heading into the fourth before Ives got the Bobcats on the board, netting his third goal of the season at the 13:35 mark. After the Lions answered with a goal, Shingleton found the back of the net off a pass from Ives at the 5:26 mark before Ives scored his second of the day with 11 seconds left.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Friday when the Bobcats host Florida Institute of Technology in their home opener on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. on Tate Field.

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