TIFFIN -- On a beautiful spring afternoon in Tiffin, the Heidelberg University men's lacrosse team earned their first OAC win of the season by defeating Marietta College by a final score of 12-4.
With the win, the Student Princes leveled their record at 4-4, while Marietta dropped below .500 with a 3-4 record.
A dominant first quarter ensued for the Student Princes as McCarthy netted two of his goals and Hodson and Weaver added tallies of their own. Marietta did find the back of the cage on a shot attempt from Quinn Rundgren, but the goal was waved off on a timeout call by the Pioneer bench.
The second quarter was a near carbon copy of the first as the Berg tacked on four more goals to take an eight-goal lead into the intermission. Weaver and Hodson added their second goals of the game, while Alex Bruder and Jacob White both beat the Pioneer goalie.
The Berg assisted on five of their eight first half goals. Hunter Edwards had three helpers while Weaver dished out two assists in the first 30 minutes.
The second-half -- although subdued -- remained in favor of the Student Princes. After Rundgren got the Pioneers on the board to start the third period, Heidelberg settled in and netted four unanswered goals to close out the fourth period.
The 11 goal lead proved to be comfortable for the Berg as three Marietta goals in the fourth quarter were not enough to mount a comeback effort. Rundgren added his second of the game, while Chad Stowell scored twice for the Pioneers in the fourth.
After only allowing four shots in the first half, the Berg conceded 17 shot attempts in the second 30-minutes. Eli Allen stopped eight of those on goal.
The Student Princes held the edge on shots with their 43, including 28 on goal. Ryan McLane stopped 12, while Daniel Chasse stopped four that found their target.
In the battle of ground balls, Heidelberg held a 41-26 advantage, led by Edwards' nine. Also defensively, Ryan Sinnema and Chris Storrs led the team with three caused turnovers a piece as Heidelberg forced Marietta into 17 cough-ups.
Jaydon Septer had a comfortable day in the faceoff circle winning 15 of his 20 battles.
Heidelberg will wrap up their three-game homestand on Wednesday night as they welcome Hiram College to Hoernemann Stadium for a 7 p.m. start time.