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Men’s lacrosse: Swarthmore deals Ursinus its first defeat

Saturday, 23rd March 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/23/13
From Press Release

The Swarthmore College men’s lacrosse team (2-4, 1-0) opened up Centennial Conference play this afternoon with a bang, as the Garnet out-played visiting and previously-undefeated Ursinus in all phases of the game to earn a 13-9 victory at a windy Clothier Field on Saturday afternoon.

In all, there were seven different goal scorers on the day for the Garnet, led by senior Steve Selverian (Garnet Valley) and junior Andrew Preiser with a hat-trick each, followed by junior Ian Lukaszewicz and senior Wes Marcik with two each. Braeden DeWan led the way with two assists, while sophomore Chris Thomson, Lukaszewicz, and junior Jonathan Molloy all added one.

Junior Dane Fichter had a stellar day with face-offs, winning 11.

Junior goalkeeper Jonathan Cohen headed a tough Garnet defense, saving 15 shots and snagging three ground balls. Juniors Geli Carabases and Zach Schaffer made it difficult for the Ursinus offense to find its rhythm, while sophomore Darrel Hunter had another solid game picking up two ground balls and causing a turnover. Junior Keane Ehsani and freshman Mac Maquire also added two ground balls each.

Facing a Bears’ squad that came into the game 5-0 and just outside the national rankings, the Garnet wasted little time getting on the board as junior Molloy opened up the scoring just under two minutes into the game. Preiser followed with a goal of his own less than three minutes later to put the Garnet up 2-0. Ursinus answered with two of their own in the quarter with goals from junior Jimmy Stanley and sophomore Ian Moore.

In the second period, the Garnet asserted its dominance, outscoring the Bears 6-2, and opening up a four-goal lead going into the half. Six different players scored a goal in the quarter, as Selverian netted his first of the game along with DeWan, junior Brendan Conway, Marcik, Lukaszewicz, and Preiser all tallied for the Garnet.

In the second half, the Garnet withheld the Bears’ late-game surge. The closest Ursinus got to the lead was three goals, but that wasn’t until the 4:44 mark of the fourth quarter. For good measure, Preiser put the game on ice with his third and final goal at the 1:29 mark.

Swarthmore dominated in face-offs, winning 17 of 25, while going three-for-three in man up situations.

Ursinus freshman goalie Brian Neff finished with four saves in net, while Moore and freshman Dylan Spangenberg (Malvern Prep) led the Bears with two goals each.

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