Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/9/09
If you build it they will come…at least to Haverford College’s Swan Field.
The Black Squirrels hosted the first ever night game on the nine-month old turf and christened the nighttime with an 11-4 Centennial Conference victory over visiting Ursinus College Wednesday.
The Fords (9-2, 5-0 CC) shot out of the gate scoring the game’s first eight goals, four in each period of the opening half.
Ursinus (3-7, 1-4 CC) ended the string and Haverford goalkeeper Joe Banno’s shutout bid with their first goal just twenty ticks away from halftime.
Both teams seem to have settled in with the beginning of the second half as each scored three goals apiece over the final 30 minutes under the lights.
The game’s opening set the tone, however, and launched the Fords to a league victory that keeps them atop the Centennial standings.
Max Hjelm (Conestoga) kicked off the early game run with an unassisted goal in the third minute, followed by Brian Fleishhacker’s goal off an assist from Travis Gregory less than 90 seconds later. David Lawrence and Fleishhacker added to the first period total to push the Fords to a 4-0 lead after 15 minutes of action.
The second quarter went much the same way as Hjelm netted two more, Myles Monaghan got into the act, and Fleishhacker found the back of the net for a third time.
Jason Orlando (Springfield-Delco) finally broke through Banno for Ursinus’ goal to end the drought and take the goose-egg off the board for the visitors.
Trailing 8-1, though, left the Bears with a too big of a hill to climb against the No. 11 team in the country.
Hjelm had four goals and Fleishhacker added three goals and three assists. Eric Farris (Pottsgrove), Jeff Ocampo and Dan Monzo (Spring-Ford) also scored for the Bears.
A couple of factors that played into the victory for Haverford were winning 12-of-19 face-offs — including all five in the third period — and a 34-21 edge in ground balls.
Both goalies, Banno and Ursinus’ Tony Aquilino (Archbishop Wood), came up with some timely saves in the second half. Banno finished with 10 for the game while Aquilino tallied nine in defeat.
Haverford’s Scott Kelley (Strath Haven) finished with a game-high six groundballs.
Washington College 7, Swarthmore 5
Tyler Bradshaw and Gavin Musynske each scored twice for the Garnet in their CC loss.
Centenary 10, Gwynedd-Mercy College 7
Nicholas Hummel tallied three goals for Gwynedd-Mercy (5-8).
Marywood 17, Neumann 10
Dominic Collichio netted three goals for the Knights (1-10) while Kyle Gardner (Perkiomen School) had two goals and four assists and Jake Boulay made 20 saves.
Shenandoah 9, Immaculata 8
Andrew Sim (Interboro) made 21 saves and Tom Hartney (Interboro), Joe Keller (Owen J. Roberts) and Brendan Dinneen (Archbishop Wood) each tallied two goals for the Mighty Macs (3-7).
Villanova 13, Towson 4
Mark Scioscia, Tim Langan and Matthew Fritts scored two goals each for the Wildcats (8-3, 2-1) in their Colonial Athletic Association win.
Hofstra 12, Drexel 7
Kyle Bergman had four goals for the losing Dragons (4-7, 0-3) in the CAA loss.
Women – Division III
Widener 19, Alvernia 16
Junior Jackie Elliott (Upper Darby) scored a school-record 11 goals and tied the school mark with 12 points, helping Widener to a Middle Atlantic Conference victory. Elliott netted seven markers in the opening half for the Pride (5-7, 2-5 MAC), which grabbed a 14-9 lead.
Cabrini 9, Ursinus 7