Saint Leo, Fla. (March 22, 2008) – The Saint Leo University lacrosse team (5-5, 0-1 DSC) was downed 9-5 by visiting Mars Hill College (7-3, 2-1 DSC) in SLU’s Deep South Conference opener at University Field on Saturday afternoon.

Benjamin Brigham (Jr., Scituate, Mass.) scored twice for the Lions, while freshman Tommy Bryant (Millersville, Md.) scored a goal and added an assist.  Mars Hill was led by Jeff Cizdziel who scored three goals, while David Hodgins added a pair of goals in the victory.

The visiting Lions got off to a 2-0 lead early on, as Tyler Farmer and Hodgins scored goals in just 1:42 apart.  Saint Leo fought back to tie the score with goals from Brigham and Chris Storrie (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.), and the teams remained tied heading into the second quarter.

Mars Hill scored the only goals of the second quarter, as Hodgins scored his second and Cizdziel netted his first goal of the game to give the visitors a 4-2 lead at half-time.

MHC carried the momentum into the second half, scoring two goals in the opening 13 seconds of the half to seize control of the game with a 6-2 lead.  Saint Leo battled back with two straight goals, but Mars Hill answered with two goals of its own to lead 8-4 heading into the final quarter.

Bryant gave SLU hope by scoring with 13:40 left in the game, but Mars Hill did not allow the Lions to score again.  Miles Robinson wrapped up the win for the visitors, as he finished the scoring with 7:12 remaining in the game.

Saint Leo will return to action on Wednesday, March 26 when the Lions host MIT in non-conference action at 7:00 p.m.