Mars Hill Dominates Lees-McRae to Go 2-0

MARS HILL, N.C. - The Lions defeated the Bobcats of Lees-McRae, 12-3, Tuesday evening at the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium. Mars Hill improved to 2-0 on the season while the Bobcats suffered their second loss (0-2) in a row.

Taylor Thilo and Dan Applebaum led the Lions' attack. Thilo scored three goals and had one assist while Applebaum scored twice and had the same number of assists. T.J. Cowx tallied two goals and had one assist while Tyler Wilcox provided his teammates with two assists. Dylan Price played the entire game in the net for MHC and made 13 saves facing 20 shots.

The Lions outshot LMC, 56-20 and won the ground ball battle, 56-26. Mars Hill was 3-4 in extra man opportunities. MHC also won 13-17 face-offs. Individually Ryan Herrmann won 13-16 face-offs. Herrmann and Chris Cudmore led the Lions' defense with three caused turnovers apiece. Dalton Jernigan caused two turnovers for MHC in the win.

Danny Ives led LMC with two goals and one assist. Ryan Harrison played all 60 minutes in the net for the Bobcats and made 25 saves.

Jamie Raezer scored the Lions first goal at the 13:48 mark of the first quarter and MHC never looked back. The Lions went on to lead 3-0 after the first quarter and scored three more goals in the second frame to take a 6-0 lead into the locker room at the intermission.

MHC scored four more unanswered goals in the third quarter to lead 10-0 before Ives put the Bobcats on the board at the 13:35 mark of the final period. The Bobcats outscored the Lions 3-2 in the fourth stanza to make the final tally, 12-3, in favor of the hosts.

Mars Hill will host Deep South Conference rival Florida Institute of Technology on Sunday, February 19. Game time is set for a 2:00 p.m. start.

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MARS HILL, N.C. -- Mars Hill College 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 4:00 p.m. on Tate Field.


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