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Men’s Lax return from Florida Victorious

Laela Ghorbani, Writer
April 4, 2011
Filed under Sports

The Catawba Men’s Lacrosse team came away victorious from Deep South Conference rival Florida Southern.  The visiting Moccasins scored the first goal of the game less than three minutes after the opening faceoff.  The Indians’ Braden Artem responded with a goal less than three minutes later.  Florida Southern would gain their last lead of the game with five minutes remaining in the first before Marty Tuohy evened the match with less than two remaining in the quarter.

The deadlock would continue with another goal from Tuohy followed by a Florida Southern goal less than two minutes later.  The Indians would finally pull away from their opponents after a goal from Freddie Turcio, ending the first half with the score of 4-3.

Catawba finally fell into their flow in the third quarter with Turcio scoring barely a minute into the half.  Their momentum continued with a goal from Trevor Sieracki, Tyler Ulrich, Artem, and Tuohy.  The quarter would end with Catawba in the lead 9-5.

The final quarter provided both teams opportunities as the Indians and Moccasins alternated scoring goals.  The Indians held the lead for the win with a score of 13-9.

Tuohy proved to be an asset during the game tallying up four goals.  Of the match he said, “Early in the game we had a lot of mental mistakes, but minimized them in the second half and took over the game in all aspects.  The defense played great along with Fred and Braden for the offense.”

Artem totaled four goals throughout the game as well.  “We started out slow and had a sloppy first half, then everyone from defense to face offs and offense stepped up to pull away late in the third quarter,” he stated.

Goalkeeper Michael Pecchia stood solid in goal posting a stellar 14 saves.  He said, “Saturday was a big day for the team.  It was a big rebound game after our loss to Mars Hill.  The mind set going into this conference match was to focus on the game at hand.  As long as we came out together as a team, as a family, there was no doubt in my mind that we would come out on top.  It was a fantastic feeling to win in front of our families and fans after our last home game.”
The Indians break from conference to face Belmont Abbey on Wednesday night at Shuford Stadium.

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