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Pierce takes lead in race to be third defenseman for Mount St. Mary's

Mount St. Mary’s has almost three weeks before opening the season at Delaware on Feb. 25, but it appears that there’s an early leader in the clubhouse for the spot as the third starting defenseman. Sophomore Shane Pierce is competing with sophomore Tim Durkin and freshman Kyle Bryant, but for now, coach Tom Gravante said Pierce is in line to join senior Brendan Rooney and junior Kevin Downs as the starting defensemen. The defense met Lehigh in a scrimmage two weeks ago without Rooney (sore hamstring) and Downs (sprained hand), which allowed the coaching staff to get a good look at Pierce, Durkin and Bryant as starters. “The kids did a nice job,” Gravante said....

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