March 17, 2010

Benesch, Farmer Lead No. 8 Mars Hill to Win

from press release

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Eric Benesch and Tyler Farmer combined for nine goals on the day to lead No. 8 Mars Hill past host Rollins College 12-6 in a Deep South Conference contest Wednesday afternoon in Winter Park. Rollins drops to 3-5, and 1-2 in DSC action, while the nationally ranked Lions advance to an overall mark of 5-2, and 2-0 in conference play.

Mars Hill saw scoring action from five different players, with Eric
Benesch (Bloomingdale, Ontario) leading the charge with five goals and an assist for a game high six points.  Tyler Farmer (Calgary, Alberta) was next in line with four goals and an assist
of his own on the way to a 12 goal, five assist total for the Lions. Dylan Price (York, Pa.) played 56:39 minutes in goal for MHC and made 10 saves.
Chuck Magid was 8-for-10 on faceoffs and tallied two of the Tars’ six goals. Eric Schmit joined Magid on the scoreboard with two goals of his own, while freshman Justin Wright notched a goal and two assists to lead the team in overall points on the day.  Hudson Atkins Jr. found the back of the cage to complete the scoring efforts for Rollins as they took on their second nationally-ranked DSC opponent of the season.

The Tars saw uneven action on the field as they trailed in shots 34-29, and ground balls 26-17.  However, thanks to Magid’s 80 percent success rate on faceoffs, along with Schmit who went 6-for-11 and Andrew Post who was a perfect 1-for-1 on the afternoon, Rollins dominated in specialist play winning 15-of-22 faceoff opportunities.

Mars Hill found the back of the cage first with an unassisted goal from Benesch just two minutes in to put the Lions up 1-0.  But Magid found the equalizer four and a half minutes later off of a Wright feed to know the score at 1-1.  Benesch and Jason Messineo rallied to close out the first quarter, ripping two shots past Rollins goalie Zach Cole within 51 seconds of each other to put MHC up 3-1 at the end of the first period.

Schmit opened the second quarter to pull Rollins back to within one as he ripped an unassisted goal past Lions goalie Dylan Price with 11:25 to go before the half.  Tyler Farmer, and Benesch notched the next two tallies, giving Mars Hill a three goal advantage with 6:24 before the break.  But Magid tripped-up the Lions’ attack with a rocket past Price off of a feed from Vossler to pull Rollins back to a two goal deficit.

Benesch closed out the first half with two late goals at the 57 and 26 second marks to give Mars Hill a 7-3 lead at the break, but Rollins was not about to back down as they entered into the third quarter with goals from Schmit and Wright to pull back to within two with 5:18 before the final period.

Tyler Farmer closed out the third quarter to put the score at 8-5,
leaving the Tars in just a three goal hole with 15 minutes of wide open clock ahead of them.  But the Lions entered into the final quarter with plenty of momentum from Farmer’s third quarter closer, and went on to outscore Rollins 4-1 in the remaining period.

A stingy Mars Hill man-down defense held the Tars silent on seven of their eight advantage opportunities, and led the game in caused turnovers as they racked up 11 against their conference opponent.  Price and Kevin Woods (New Market, Ontario) led the game with three caused turnovers apiece, while Post headed up the Tars with two of his own.

In goal,Cole and Doug O’Brien split time, with Cole making nine saves in the first half, and O’Brien collecting two of his own in the final 30 minutes of play.  Their counterparts, Price and Spencer Stobbe, made a total of 12 saves, with Price setting aside a game high 10 shots.

Mars Hill will play at Saint Leo on March 20, at 12 p.m. The Tars return to action on March 26, when they kick off the road
stint of their 2010 slate.  Rollins takes on DSC opponent Catawba at 7 p.m. in Salisbury, N.C.

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