Mars Hill, N.C. (April 20, 2008) – Despite two goals apiece from Mark Dargon (Jr., Newton, Mass.) and Benjamin Brigham (Jr., Scituate, Mass.) the Saint Leo University lacrosse team (8-8) fell 9-7 to Mars Hill College in the Deep South Conference Tournament Final on Sunday.  The host Lions utilized a 5-0 second quarter run to take the title.

Dargon also led the SLU Lions with three assists on the afternoon.  Mars Hill freshman midfield Tyler Farmer led the host Lions with three goals and three assists on the afternoon. MHC junior attack David Hodgins and senior midfield Miles Robinson contributed two goals each for the victors.

Tyler Farmer and his brother and sophomore midfielder Danny Farmer played a big role in the 5-0 second quarter flurry. Tyler Farmer had one goal and two assists during the run, while Danny Farmer added one score. Danny Farmer scored his only goal of the contest at the 5:11 mark of the second frame on an assist from Tyler Farmer, giving Mars Hill a 5-2 lead.

Mars Hill junior midfield Jeff Cizdziel concluded the run on an unassisted goal with 4:39 to play in the second quarter. Cizdziel’s goal gave the MHC Lions a 6-2 advantage. From start to finish, the 5-0 run spanned exactly four minutes and 50 seconds.

Saint Leo did not fold the tents, putting together a 3-0 run spanning the second and third quarters to pull within one goal. Three different student-athletes scored in the flurry, capped by a goal from sophomore midfield Kyle Marceau (Concord, N.H.) with 9:04 to go in the third frame. Dargon assisted Marceau on the play, cutting the SLU deficit to 6-5.

Tyler Farmer stepped up again, netting an unassisted goal 26 seconds later (8:38) to give Mars Hill a 7-5 lead. Farmer helped on the next goal, assisting Robinson on his second goal of the day to push the MHC Lions’ lead to 8-5 with 6:28 remaining in the third quarter.

Saint Leo cut the margin to two when freshman midfield Gregg Geiss (Syracuse, N.Y.) found the back of the nets on an assist from Dargon one minute later (5:26). Mars Hill’s Hodgins and Saint Leo’s Dargon traded fourth quarter goals to seal the final margin for the MHC Lions.

Mars Hill held a 36-24 advantage in shots and a slim 18-17 edge in shots on goal. The MHC Lions collected 45 ground balls compared to Saint Leo’s 36. Saint Leo took advantage of every opportunity, as the SLU Lions converted two man-up goals (in three tries).