HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Saint Leo senior attackman George Proechel notched six goals and an assist on Sunday afternoon, becoming the program's all-time leader in career goals, but the Saint Leo men's lacrosse team fell to Mars Hill in a last-second heartbreaker, 15-14 on Sunday afternoon in Hilton Head, S.C. The Lions conclude their regular season with a mark of 8-6, while Mars Hill advances their record to 10-3.
Proechel entered into the game with 109 career goals, tied with Benjamin Brigham (2006-09), and with his first goal of the game secured his place atop of the leaderboard. Proechel now holds the top slot in goals (115), assists (58), and overall points (173).
Adding to the scoreboard on the day were Chris Caiazza with a hat trick and two assists, and Matt Obermeyer with two goals and an assist. Freshman Dylan Yonts notched four points on the day with a goal and three assists, while Chad Marino tallied a goal and assist for a two point game. Luke Stiebe scored the Lions' final goal, while Miles Britton had a two-assist game. Kevin Hutchinson and Tom Horn rounded out the scoring efforts for Saint Leo with an assist apiece.
In goal for Saint Leo, freshman Dave Moore made a total of 15 saves while facing 42 shots and 30 shots on goal. Patrick McMahon earned the win for Mars Hill, making 11 saves in 59 minutes of play between the pipes.
Mars Hill was led by Jimmy McBride, with a game high seven goals and two assists, as a total of seven players helped put points on the board for Mars Hill.
Mars Hill controlled in the first 10 minutes, pulling out to a 3-0 lead with 4:43 left in the quarter. Proechel put the Lions on the scoreboard eight seconds later off of an assist from Britton, but Mars Hill fought back and tallied the final goal of the first quarter six seconds later to close out the first quarter with a score of 4-1.
Saint Leo opened the second stanza with a goal just eight seconds into the game thanks to Obermeyer scoring off of a Caiazza assist. Proechel then pulled the Lions to within one of Mars Hill at the 12:23 mark on an unassisted man-up goal to set the score at 4-3, but Mars Hill fired off two straight to pull out to a 6-3 lead with 8:19 to go before the half.
Yonts scored at the 5:44 mark off of a Britton assist to pull the Lions to within two, 6-4, but Mars Hill answered back with a goal from McBride to pull ahead, 7-4. Caiazza answered back two minutes later with a goal off of an assist from Proechel with 2:18 left before the break, closing out the first half with a score of 7-5 in favor of Mars Hill.
MHC came out of the break on fired, firing off three goals in the opening minute and a half to extend their advantage to 10-5, but Saint Leo was not about to back down. Proechel grabbed a pass from Marino at the 12:29 mark, setting the score at 10-6 and igniting a scoring streak that pulled the Lions back into contention with Stiebe collecting a pass from Yonts on a fast break for the game-tying goal with 1:22 left in the third period.
Saint Leo rattled off two more goals on man-up situatios to open the fourth quarter, pulling out to their first lead of the game with a score of 12-10 with 14:05 to go in the game, but Mars Hill answered back with two of their own to knot the score at 12-12 with 12:15 on the clock.
Five minutes expired off the clock before either team could capitalize on an attacking opportunity, but Proechel broke the silence with a goal from a Caiazza assist at the 7:49 mark to pull the Lions ahead 13-12.
Mars Hill bit back a minute later to even the tally at 13-13 with 6:13 left in the game, but Obermeyer gave Saint Leo the upper hand 32 seconds later on an unassisted goal. Despite the Lions' best defensive efforts, McBride scored the fourth game-tying goal of the contest, pulling Mars Hill even with Saint Leo with a score of 14-14 and 1:06 remaining in the game.
Saint Leo had the opportunity to strike and fired off a few quick shots as the final minute ticked down, but Mars Hill capitalized on one final trip down the field as McBride found the back of the net with just 14 seconds left in the game, earning the game-winner.
Saint Leo led the save count 15-11, but trailed on the ground ball count 32-27. The Green and Gold was successful on 20-of-22 clear attempts, while holding Mars Hill to just 16 successful clears on 26 attempts. Saint Leo won 11-of-29 faceoff attempts, led by Robert Hutchinson who won 9-of-23. The Lions capitalized on 5-of-8 extra man opportunities, while a staunch man-down defense held Mars Hill to just one goal on six man-up situations.
The Lions conclude their 2013 regular season campaign, and set their sights on 2014. Fans can stay up-to-date on the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo men's lacrosse team by visiting SaintLeoLions.com. Fans can also follow the Lions on Twitter, and "Like" the Green and Gold on Facebook.