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Men’s lacrosse: Widener tops Immaculata; Ursinus stays unbeaten

Wednesday, 13th March 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/13/13

Senior Johnny Casey (Abington) tied his career high with six goals as Widener rolled to a 16-7 triumph at Immaculata today in men’s lacrosse.

Casey completed his hat trick in the first quarter when the Pride raced to a 5-1 lead. His last goal in the period gave the visitors a 5-0 cushion after senior Ryan Eidenshink (La Salle) and freshman Tim Taylor (Archbishop Ryan) also tallied.

Taylor took his turn in the spotlight in the second quarter, scoring twice to give Widener an insurmountable 10-3 halftime cushion. Freshman Kyle Gratz, senior Josh Fox (Lower Merion) and freshman Matt Natale (Pottsgrove) also tallied in the period for Widener, which ended the half with a 21-8 shots edge.

Casey scored twice early in the second half and added one later in the third quarter to complete his scoring. It is the second time he reached six goals and first since April 7, 2012 against Albright.

Taylor scored three times for his second hat trick of the season as he, Casey and freshman Marc La Vine all closed with three assists. Casey and junior Timothy Winslow finished with six ground balls apiece.

Junior Mac Nestler and senior Bobby Schluter (Tatnall School) each played 30 minutes and made six saves apiece for the Pride (3-2), who closed with a 51-23 shots edge.

Dante Tuscai (West Chester east) had three goals, two assists, seven ground balls and won 12-of-18 face-offs for the Mighty Macs (1-4). Jon Diodati (Henderson) made 20 saves and Dante Tuscai also won 12 of 18 face-off attempts.

Urisnus 10, Montclair 8

Mark Stratton (Manheim Township) scored four goals, Steve Smyrl (Garnet Valley) had three and five GBs and Logan Panaccione had two goals and an assist while Jake Weber (Manheim Township) dished six assists as the Bears improved to 4-0.

Ursinus’ Brian Neff – who Monday was named as the Centennial Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week – made 17 saves in goal.

Widener has a huge test at home Saturday against No. 3 Dickinson, starting at 1:00 pm.

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