Two Scoring Runs Help Mars Hill Top Wingate

Wingate, N.C.---Mars Hill scored the first four goals of the game and never looked back, taking a 15-7 victory over Wingate Saturday afternoon at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field.

Mars Hill sophomore attack Jimmy McBride (New Westminster, B.C.) had four goals and one assist for the Lions (8-2 overall). Freshman attack Ryan Vogrig (Vancouver, B.C.) had two goals and one assist for the host Bulldogs (2-11 overall).

MHC sophomore midfield Anthony Malcolm (New Westminster, B.C.) supported McBride's efforts with two goals and a team-high three assists. The Lions won 20 of 26 face-offs and outshot the Bulldogs 45-28. Wingate senior midfield Garrett Kendall (Greer, S.C.) had two goals for the hosts, while junior midfield Troy Press (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) topped the team charts with his two assists.

Four different Lions scored a goal to open the game. Malcolm had assists on two of the scores, while McBride assisted on another tally. MHC senior midfield Zach Tomkinson (Barrie, Ontario) finished the flurry (from a Malcolm assist) to make the score 4-0 Lions with 4:41 remaining in the opening frame.

Wingate scored three of the next four goals to cut the deficit to 5-3. Senior midfield Chase Clifton (Lexington, N.C.) scored a man-up goal on an assist from Press to get the Bulldogs on the board (3:14). Senior attack Taylor Womble (Cary, N.C.) and Kendall sandwiched individual goals around a Malcolm goal to complete the first quarter scoring.

Mars Hill outscored Wingate 4-2 in the second stanza, taking a 9-5 advantage to the halftime locker room. McBride started the second quarter scoring for the visitors (14:31). Kendall and Vogrig scored Bulldog goals in the second frame. Vogrig's unassisted goal (3:08) made the score 8-5 Mars Hill. Lion redshirt junior midfield Jamie Raezer (Downington, Pa.) completed the first half scoring for the visitors.

The third quarter was a draw, as both teams scored twice each. Wingate struck first, as Vogrig (8:26) and senior midfield Jackson Bunn (Wilmington, N.C.) helped the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 9-7 with back-to-back goals. Bunn's tally at the 8:26 mark would end Wingate's scoring, as Mars Hill finished the game on a 6-0 run.

McBride scored three of his four goals in the final 15:07 of the contest. He closed the third quarter with an unassisted goal and added two tallies in the fourth frame. Sophomore defender C.J. Shane (Nashville, Tenn.) scored the game's final goal with 2:40 remaining.

Mars Hill senior defender Ryan Herrmann (Columbus, Ohio) won 14 of 17 face-offs for the visitors. Herrmann collected a game-high 13 ground balls. Lion junior goalkeeper Patrick McMahon (Amherst, N.Y.) earned his eighth victory of the season. In 57-plus minutes, McMahon allowed seven goals and recorded 13 saves. MHC senior net minder Jesse Mimken (Weaverville, N.C.) played the final 2:40 between the pipes.

Wingate redshirt junior goalkeeper Patrick Cooney (Cazenovia, N.Y.) played 60 minutes. He surrendered 15 goals and notched 13 saves. Cooney picked up four ground balls.

Wingate returns to Deep South Conference Saturday, April 6, visiting Catawba College for a 7:00 p.m. league game. Mars Hill hosts Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) the same day. First face-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.


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