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Men’s lacrosse: Eastern comeback fails in heartbreaking loss to No. 10 Gettysburg

Saturday, 16th March 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/16/13
From Press Release

After falling behind 10-4, Eastern University men’s lacrosse team outscored visiting Gettysburg, 7-1, over the final 25 minutes of regulation to force overtime Friday. The No. 10 Bullets, however, scored midway through the first extra period to escape with a 12-11 win. Eastern last lost a regular season game on Olson Field in March of 2011.

The Eagles trailed 11-7 after three quarters. The comeback started in earnest right off the opening faceoff. The Bullets won the faceoff, but Chris Farrar intercepted a pass back to the Gettysburg goalie and finished from the edge of the crease for his eighth of the year.

One minute later, Eric Waibel cut the deficit to 11-9 with a strong shot to the lower corner from 12 yards out after Johnson skipped a pass over the Gettysburg defense. The goal was the third of the day for Waibel.

With ten minutes to go, Eastern cut the deficit to a single tally after Ferguson was able to get his hands free to feed Andy Jameson on the crease for his second goal of the day. Jameson spent the first half playing more shifts at a defensive midfield spot. He made a big difference in the attack in the second half for the Eagles.

After both teams had chances, Will Johnson tied the contest just after the four minute mark on a pass from Farrar. The assist is the 61st of Farrar’s career, and the senior moved into the second spot on Eastern’s career points list with the helper. He is currently fourth in goals and second in assists.

Aaron Benz made a save to earn possession back for the Eagles, and Eastern had shots from Waibel and Will Johnson for the lead. It appeared for a split second that the Eagles had taken the lead on a shot from in tight by Farrar that hit the back of the net, but he fell through the crease after the shot and the goal was immediately disallowed.

The Bullets cleared successfully and had possession with a chance for the lead, but Ron Johnson popped a ball free to give the Eagles a final possession. Eastern had a pair of looks at a game-winner in the final minute. Will Johnson’s shot from distance was pushed around the post by J.T. McCook (8 saves), and Jameson’s shot from the doorstep grazed the outside of the left post as time expired.

Matt Lee, who faced off all day for an injured AJ Ryan, won the opening draw of the game, and the Eagles had shots at the win. Waibel’s high shot was blocked by a defender out front and Gettysburg defender Nick Alibrandi dropped a tremendous stick check to strip the ball free for the final Gettysburg possession.

After a timeout, the Bullets shot high and had two battle for possession on a pair of loose balls before Tim Murphy found Jameson Smith on the doorstep. Smith turned and slipped a low shot past Benz for the game-winner.

The Eagles had won 12 in a row at home and 15 straight regular-season home games.

The 12-11 result is the third straight 12-11 game for Gettysburg. The Bullets beat No. 7 Lynchburg and fell to No. 13 Cabrini by the same score.

“It was two good teams with a chance to win,” Wallace said after the game, “I thought Matt Lee did a great job at X in a big spot and our midfield stepped up. We have things to work on, but there were some really good things in the second half.”

Keene State 12, Swarthmore 7

Seniors Wes Marcik and Steve Selverian (Garnet Valley) led the Garnet (1-4) offense with two goals apiece. Junior Jonathan Cohen had a brilliant day in net, collecting 15 saves for the second-consecutive game.

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