April 15, 2010

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Catawba, St. Leo to Meet for Deep South Title

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MARS HILL, N.C. -- Catawba upset No. 8 Mars Hill 9-6 on Thursday night at Mears Stadium to advance to the championship game of the 2010 Deep South Conference Lacrosse Tournament.  The Catawba Indians, seeded second in the North Division, improve to 7-6.  The top-seeded Lions fall to 10-4.

Catawba will host the title game on Sunday afternoon at Shuford Stadium against St. Leo, the top seed from the South Division. St. Leo topped Florida Southern 10-9 in the other semifinal.  Saint Leo and Mars Hill had met for the title the last two years with the Saint Leo winning its first title last season. Catawba will be making its fourth trip to the championship game and looking for its first title.

The Indians never trailed to the nationally-ranked Lions, scoring the opening three goals in the first five and half minutes.  Senior Max Vinograd (Bethesda, MD/Whitman HS) put Catawba on top at the 13:39 mark and DSC Freshman of the Year, Tom Cullop (New Windsor, MD/S. Carroll HS), added another just 40 seconds later for a 2-0 edge.  Freddie Turcio (Guilford, CT/Guilford HS) closed out the initial burst with 9:30 to go in the opening frame.

Mars Hill got back within a goal with 5:56 left in the quarter on the first of three tallies by Cade Zulak.  The teams swapped goals the rest of the half with Cullop delivering his second goal of the game just 13 ticks before the break for a 6-4 Catawba edge.

Marty Tuohy (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) scored three minutes into the second half to restore Catawba’s three-goal edge, but a man-up goal by DSC Player of the Year, Danny Farmer, and the final tally from Zulak again got the hosts within a single goal with 3:55 left in the third quarter. 

The Indians pulled ahead 8-6 as Stephen Shuba (Orlando, FL/Olympia HS) scored at the end of a 1:30 man-up advantage early in the fourth quarter and Vinograd salted the game away with the game’s final goal with 2:57 left.

Catawba got two goals each from Vinograd, Cullop and Wayne Carbiener (Orlando, FL/Olympia HS).  Tuohy totaled three points with a goal and two assists.  Casey Chinn (Mooresville, NC/Lake Norman HS) won 12-of-19 face-offs and led the Tribe with six ground balls.  Catawba was just 12-of-25 in face-offs during the first meeting with Mars Hill this season.

Mars Hill was led by Zulak’s three goals.  Farmer had a goal and two assists.  Catawba’s Michael Pecchia (Coquitlum, BC, CANADA/Heritage Woods) posted six saves, stopping half of the Lions’ 29 shots that were on goal.  The Indians had 28 shots with 16 on goal.  Dylan Price recorded seven saves for Mars Hill.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak by Catawba to Mars Hill and avenged an earlier 15-7 loss to the Lions this season.  Catawba dropped a 16-5 decision to Saint Leo in the regular-season meeting between the teams back on Feb. 28.

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SAINT LEO, Fla. – In a season devoid of many nail biters on their home turf, the Saint Leo lacrosse team made up for it in thrilling fashion in their final home game of 2010 as they defeated Florida Southern 10-9 in the semifinal round of the Deep South Conference Tournament at a rowdy University Field on Thursday night.

In one of the hardest hitting and most physical games of the season, the Lions opened the game with two quick goals from Cole Seija and George Proechel, who scored just 90 seconds apart to put the Lions on the board.

The visiting Mocs would follow with two goals of their own as they quickly tied the game and set the tone for the remainder.

Answering every Saint Leo goal with one of its own, the Moccasins kept the score tied into the second quarter but would never be able to get the goal to put them ahead.

Opening up a two-goal margin late in the second quarter, the Lions would look to take a 6-4 lead into halftime, but Florida Southern managed to sneak in a Cam Holding goal as time expired to cut the margin to just one goal as the teams broke for the half.

That scenario would repeat itself again in the final moments of the third quarter.  After a quarter where SLU outscored FSC 3-1, the visitors pushed one final shot toward the goal as the horn sounded.  The Jordan Manger shot would find the back of the net to cut the SLU lead to just 9-7 heading into the final stanza.

Keeping the quarter scoreless through the first eight minutes, the Mocs would cut it to one as they punched in an extra-man chance with less than seven minutes left.

The Lions would answer with a Kyle Marceau tally with 4:30 left followed by another Southern answer to put the margin at 10-9.

At that point, the Lions’ defense would step up, making three big saves down the stretch, including a David Erdman point-blank save in the final minute to solidify the Lions victory.

Saint Leo would get three goals from George Proechel and Cole Seija as the Lions moved on to the Championship Game.

Face-off specialist Mike Del Buono would go 14-of-20 in face-offs and pick up 10 ground balls.
Saint Leo will now head to Salisbury, N.C. as they face DSC North Region representative Catawba College, who upset top-seed Mars Hill 9-6.  The Lions and Indians will get the Championship Game underway on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.


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