Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/2/11
From Press Releases and Staff Report
Sophomore Matt Cherry (Radnor) had two goals as the sixth-ranked Dickinson College men’s lacrosse team defeated visiting Gettysburg College, 6-5, Sunday to capture the program’s first Centennial Conference Championship.
The Red Devils (16-1) – who also got contributions Sunday from reserve midfielder Richard Craft (Episcopal Academy) and freshman midfielder Nolan Funchion (La Salle) – remained unbeaten at home with the win on Sunday, and went undefeated in conference play as well to earn their first bid to host with an 8-0 mark.
Other Philly grads on the Dickinson roster included freshman midfielders Brian Frankenfield (Wissahickon) and Andrew Salvitti (Salesianum School), freshman attackman Will Scott (Emmaus) and sophomore defenseman Chris Pianko (Central Bucks West).
The Devils outscored Gettysburg, 3-1 in the second period, capitalizing on a pair of Bullet penalties as Brian Gleason finished a Christian Beitel assist and then fed Bobby Kingsley for his second tally of the game.
Beitel gave the Devils a two-goal advantage at halftime, scoring unassisted at the 6:14 mark of the second quarter to give Dickinson a 4-2 lead at the break.
Out of the break, the Red Devils went to sophomore Cherry to give Dickinson a three-goal advantage with 12:35 on the clock in the third period.
Solid defense shut down the scoring, as did McCook with five stops in the third period. The Red Devil defense kept the Bullets in check in front of Greg Hanley, who surrendered just two goals in the quarter to keep the Devils on top 6-4.
Hanley turned away eight shots in the fourth quarter, allowing just one goal in the first minute before shutting the gate.
Kingsley and Cherry each struck twice for the Devils with Beitel and Gleason each scoring once and handing out an assist.
Hanley finished with 16 saves on the day while McCook finished just shy of that with 15 on the day. Both goaltenders were spectacular throughout the game, leading to an incredibly exciting finish.
The Bullets drop to 11-6 and will have to wait for a potential NCAA playoff berth. The Red Devils break the school record set last spring, winning their 16th game of the season. Dickinson improves to 16-1 overall. They earn the Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, announced next week.