WINGATE, N.C. – The pairings are set for the 2009 Deep South Conference men’s lacrosse tournament, league officials announced on Monday.  The Saint Leo lacrosse team will be the tournament’s second seed and the two-day event will be held Friday and Sunday at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field on the Wingate University campus in South-Central North Carolina. The semi-final games will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Friday. The 2009 DSC championship game is slated for 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

SLU is the number two seed in this year’s DSC event. The Lions (9-3, 4-1 DSC) will battle host Wingate University (8-7, 3-2 DSC) at 4:00 p.m. Friday.  Interestingly enough, the Lions eliminated 2008 regular season champion Wingate 8-7 (in double overtime) in a semi-final contest last year. Current junior midfield Kyle Marceau (Concord, N.H.) scored the winning goal for the Lions.

The other Lions, defending DSC tournament champion Mars Hill College, are the number one seed.  The conference’s regular season champs are 10-3 overall and 5-0 in the DSC.  The number seven team in the USILA top 10 poll, Mars Hill will face number four seed Catawba (3-7 overall, 2-3 DSC) in the first of two Friday semi-final contests. The MHC Lions and the Catawba Indians will battle at 1:00 p.m. Friday.  In 2008, Mars Hill won its first-ever DSC tournament title with a 9-7 championship game victory over Saint Leo.

During the 2009 regular season, Mars Hill picked a 17-6 road victory over Catawba on March 7 while Saint Leo topped visiting Wingate 16-11 on March 3, thanks to five goals by Marceau.

A live pay-per-view video stream will be available for the 2009 Deep South Conference tournament. The host Wingate University Sports Network will provide the live pay-per-view video streams in cooperation with Internet Consulting Services, Inc.

Saint Leo fans can purchase the video lacrosse contests for $4.95 each. Please note a short registration process is required prior to purchasing the video stream. Registration is required to view the contest. Each game is a separate purchase.

In addition to the pay-per-view video stream, Saint Leo fans can listen to the lacrosse action on Stretch Internet. The 2008-09 Internet audio broadcasts are free; however, listeners must have QuickTime Player installed on their computer. Please note QuickTime is a free download; the QuickTime link can be also accessed via the Stretch Internet web site.

Fans can access the lacrosse pay-per-view video streams at the following address:

Multi-media opportunities for the 2009 DSC men’s lacrosse tournament