Lacrosse (M)

Men's Lacrosse Upsets #10 Mars Hill in DSC Semifinals

MARS HILL, NC -- Catawba goalie Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam, BC, CANADA/Heritage Woods HS) posted 25 saves to help Catawba knock off 10th-ranked Mars Hill 9-7 in the semifinals of the Deep South Conference Men’s Lacrosse Tournament on Thursday night at Meares Stadium.  The Catawba Indians improve to 13-2, setting a school record for wins in a season.  The Lions fall to 11-3.

It marked the second straight year the Indians had topped the North’s top-seed to advance to the final.  The win sets up a rematch of last years final between Catawba and Florida Southern, an 11-7 victor over Tampa.  The tournament championship game will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mars Hill.

Catawba had been defeated easily by Mars Hill in the regular season match-up, trailing 13-2 at one point before falling 16-10.  On Thursday, Pecchia, who missed the first game with an injury, stopped nine shots in the first quarter as Catawba led 2-1.  Mars Hill took the lead with a pair of goals early in the second quarter and held a 5-4 edge at the break following a tally by Ryan Sage just 29 seconds before the half.

The Indians took charge in the third quarter with three unanswered goals.  John Scheich (Waxhaw, NC/Weddington HS) and Tom Cullop (New Windsor, MD/S. Carroll HS) scored 45 seconds apart to give the Indians a lead with 8:41 to go in the third quarter.  Catawba went on to add three more goals in the five-goal spurt that pushed the margin to 9-5 with 7:13 remaining.  Cade Zulak scored twice for the Lions in the final five minutes, but the Indians had built a cushion that Mars Hill could not overcome.

Braden Artem (Acton, Ontario, CANADA/Christ the King HS) scored four goals to pace the offense.  Scheich added three assists to his goal.  Cullop handed out two helpers.  Zulak had a pair of goals for Mars Hill.  Dan Applebaum and Blake Mattinson each had a goal and an assist.  Dylan Price recorded 13 saves for the Lions.

Catawba topped Florida Southern 10-8 for the tournament title last year, the first DSC Championship for the Indians.  The Moccasins won the first meeting this year between the teams, 13-8 in Lakeland, FL.

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«October 2016»
October 1

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone XC Classic W-1st; M-2nd

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 3-2

Soccer (W) vs. BREVARD 2-0

Football @ Newberry 14-35

Soccer (M) vs. BREVARD 1-0

October 3

Golf (M) @ MB Intercollegiate (Ocean Ridge GC) 8th of 16

October 4

Golf (M) @ MB Intercollegiate (Ocean Ridge GC) 8th of 16

October 5

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6-3

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1-8

Soccer (M) @ Queens 2-1

Soccer (W) @ Queens 0-1

October 7

Swimming MEN vs. LIMESTONE 127-131

Swimming WOMEN vs. LIMESTONE 74-145

Cross Country @ Queens Invitational W-16th; M-21st

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 3-1

October 8

Soccer (W) @ Carson-Newman 0-6

Football vs. LIMESTONE 0-6

Soccer (M) @ Carson-Newman 1-0

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 3-2

October 10

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. (CC of SALISBURY) 12th of 15

Golf (M) @ State Farm Inv. (Woodlake CC) 11th of 15

October 11

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV. (CC of SALISBURY) 12th of 15

Golf (M) @ State Farm Inv. (Woodlake CC) 11th of 15

October 12

Soccer (W) vs. SAINT LEO 1-4

Soccer (M) @ Lees-McRae 3-2

October 13

Tennis (W) @ Lees-McRae 9-0

Tennis (M) @ Lees-McRae 7-2

October 14

Volleyball vs. BREVARD (Dig Pink Match) 3-1

October 15

Football @ Mars Hill 33-22

Soccer (W) vs. ANDERSON 1-1

Soccer (M) vs. ANDERSON 0-1

October 16

Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial (Achasta GC) 11th of 13

October 17

Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial (Achasta GC) 11th of 13

October 18

Golf (W) @ LeeAnn Noble Memorial (Achasta GC) 11th of 13

Volleyball @ Queens 1-3

October 19

Soccer (W) vs. WINGATE 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. WINGATE 0-2

October 22

Cross Country @ SAC Championships (Newberry) W-4th, M-7th

Swimming @ East Carolina w/Campbell 1 p.m.

Football @ UNC Pembroke 31-41

Volleyball @ Wingate 1-3

October 23

Soccer (W) @ Tusculum 0-2

Soccer (M) @ Tusculum 3-0

October 25

Volleyball @ Coker 3-0

Soccer (W) @ Limestone 0-2

Soccer (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 1-3

October 28

Soccer (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 5:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 7 p.m.

October 29

Football vs. BREVARD (HC) 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 5 p.m.


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