Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/8/10
From Press Releases
Sixth-seeded Widener finished a stunning tournament by defeating host FDU-Florham, 10-8, today to win its 12th Middle Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse title in Madison, NJ.
The Pride (10-9), which won its fifth title in six years, became the lowest seed to win this tournament and the first to do so with three road wins. They previously were the only team to win three games in the tournament, accomplishing this during the 2007 title campaign.
Widener, which avenged last year’s 8-7 loss in the final at FDU, also improved to 20-3 in this tournament and 9-1 in its last 10 tournament games on the road. It also marks the team’s eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament. The squad learns where it is in the bracket Sunday, when the selection show airs at 10:00 pm on CBS College Sports.
Second-seeded FDU-Florham (11-6) looked to get back into the game with a goal from Kevin Shadiack just 75 seconds into the fourth quarter for a 7-6 contest. But Widener got a crucial marker from JJ Hoeffler with 10:50 to play and a goal from fellow junior Kevin Rider with 9:15 to go for a 9-6 game.
The Devils hung tough as Adam Koontz tallied with 8:00 left for a 9-7 margin. But Hoeffler responded with his team-high third goal of the game just 18 seconds later for a three-goal contest.
Widener junior Nick Fluharty (Avon Grove) played a huge role by winning 14-of-21 face-offs and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He won 60 percent (38-of-63) during the three games for the Pride, who avenged three of their regular-season loses this week.
Senior Dave Simcox (Ridley) scooped six ground balls, fellow senior Cory Malampy (Ridley) dished two assists and freshman Bobby Schluter (Kennett Square/Tatnall) made 10 saves for Widener, which has won four of its last five games.
Shadiack scored four goals and Alex Kajencki totaled seven saves for the Devils.
Widener SCORING: GOALS: JJ Hoeffler 3; Ryan Shewell 1; Mike Vandegrift 1; Shawn DeHaven 1; Steve Cull 1; Kevin Rider 1; Andrew Janusz 1; Mark Kane 1. ASSISTS: Cory Malampy 2; Brian Rogers 1; Ryan Shewell 1.
FDU-Florham SCORING: GOALS: Kevin Shadiack 4; Adam Koontz 1; Pat O’Brien 1; Brian Gill 1; Seth Molek 1. ASSISTS: Adam Koontz 1.