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Saturday’s men’s D3 roundup: Eastern tops King’s in HEADstrong benefit game; Dickinson edges Haverford

Sunday, 3rd April 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/3/11

In a day dedicated to cancer awareness, Eastern University scored 33 seconds into the contest and never looked back in a 10-3 MAC win over King’s College Saturday in men’s lacrosse.

Eastern goalie Aaron Benz makes a save in Saturday's win over King's in a game dedicated to bring awareness and raise funds for cancer. Benz, a blood cancer survivor, made 11 saves.

Will Johnson and Chris Farrar each scored three goals while Ron Johnson had a goal and three assists on the afternoon.

The Eagles went to intermission up 7-2 and controlling the game. At the half, fans had a chance to make a donation to the Trey Love Foundation and hit a shot from midfield for a gift card. The event was just one of the ways Eastern Lacrosse worked to raise awareness of cancer and what can be done.

A tent was present to encourage people to register to become bone marrow donors , and the team wore lime green socks and encouraged people to wear lime green in support of the HEADstrong Foundation.

“Coach (Brandon Childs) talked about it a little before the game,” said Ron Johnson of the HEADstrong day, “but a lot of it is what he has been trying to do all year. Our motto is ‘All these things we do’ and the idea of that is serving others. It’s something that is always there, but it is nice to see people supporting the cause and a visual demonstration today.”

“I want to thank King’s for their team’s donation to the Trey Love Foundation,” Eastern coach Childs said, “That says a lot about their coach and their program. Today was a good day for us, and it is good to be 4-0 in the MAC. I hope we can carry this momentum into a tough stretch of games we have coming up.”

The Eagles improved to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in the MAC.

Eastern sophomore goalie Aaron Benz (11 saves) – a blood cancer survivor himself – Patrick Groschan (1 save) and Brandon Schmidt (1 save) were able to keep the Monarchs off the board until the final minute of play. The Eastern defense has allowed only 11 goals in four league games.

Dickinson 9, Haverford College 8

Travis Gregory 2 and Max Hjelm (Conestoga) each scored twice as the Fords (7-3, 2-2) dropped a key MAC loss to the Red Devils (9-1, 3-0).

Cabrini 13, Whittier 1

Joe Arrell (Springfield-Delco) had three goals and Paul Skulski (Garnet Valley) added two goals and three assists for the Cavaliers (6-3) in their non-league win.

Gwynedd Mercy 13, Shenandoah 6

Roy Bakeoven (Archbishop Ryan) had four goals and Liam Malley (Lansdale Catholic) added three in the Griffins’ CSAC win.

Neumann 10, La Roche 9

Justin Mailloux tallied the game-winner, his fourth of the game, to lift Neumann.

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