Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/14/13
In an intense East Coast Conference (ECC) contest, host Chestnut Hill College overcame Mercy College, 12-8, on Saturday.
The Griffins held a narrow 4-3 halftime edge and scored the last goal of the third quarter to keep the contest tied, 7-7, heading to the final frame. There, junior attack Michael Melnychenko scored all three of his goals to ignite a 5-1 game-ending Griffin run. Senior midfielder Dennis Klusaritz Jr. (Allentown Central Catholic) and junior midfielder Michael Landau also provided hat tricks in the victory.
With a 4-3 lead in hand at halftime, Chestnut Hill College (5-5, 2-2) gained extra advantage for the second half when Mercy College (7-4, 2-2) drew three simultaneous penalties with 17 seconds (0:17) remaining in the second quarter.
The Griffins converted on the golden opportunity with Melnychenko locating freshman attack Michael Plaia for a man-up goal just 25 seconds (14:35) into the second half, 5-3. Unfortunately, the Mavericks netted then next three goals of the third quarter to take a 5-6 lead with 2:59 remaining in the period. Landau briefly tied the contest at 6-6, scoring off a feed from senior attack Shane Morlock at 1:32, but another exchange of scores in the final minute left the contest at 7-7 heading to the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, Melnychenko put the competition to rest. He scored, unassisted, at 11:33, and again at 7:04, 10-7, after a goal from senior midfielder Junji Wiener put the Griffins up 9-7. Two minutes later he scored his third goal when Klusaritz found him on a man-up opportunity to give the Griffins an 11-7 advantage. From there each side would score once more to settle the affair on a 12-8 final.
Harvard 8, Penn 7
Tim Schwalje had two goals and two assists to the Quakers (6-4, 2-3) in the Ivy League loss.
Colgate 14, Lafayette 10
Freshman Eric Foote (Hill School) had three goals to lead Colgate in the Patriot League win.
Brian Bock (Spring-Ford) led the Leopards (3-9, 0-5) with two goals and two assists while Cory Scheuerle (St. Joseph’s Prep) and Morgan Westby (Episcopal Academy) each had a goal and an assist.
Dartmouth 10, Princeton 9
Jake Froccaro had three goals and an assist for the Tigers (7-4, 2-2) in the Ivy League loss.
Franklin & Marshall 9, Swarthmore 8, OT
Steve Selverian (Garnet Valley) had three goals for the Garnet (3-9, 1-5) in the heartbreaking Centennial Conference loss to F&M (10-3, 6-0).
Scott Beury (Upper Dublin) had two caused turnovers to lead the F&M defense and Tristan Miller had the game-winner
Gettysburg 10, Ursinus 9
Gettysburg got a goal from sophomore midfielder Bijan Firouzan with 1:32 left in the game as the Bullets (7-5, 3-2 Centennial) defeated Ursinus (6-5, 0-5).
Gettysburg took the lead after Ursinus had rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final four minutes by scoring two goals in the span of 39 seconds.
Ursinus was led by four goals from freshman attack Logan Panaccione while sophomore attack Steve Smyrl (Garnet Valley) had three.
Eastern 15, King’s 6
Grant Ferguson had five goals and three assists for the Eagles (10-2, 3-0).
Billy McCullough (Springfield-Delco) had a goal and an assist for King’s.
Cabrini 22, Marywood 2
The Cavs won their 93rd consecutive regular season Colonial States Athletic Conference game, topping the visiting Pacers. The Cavaliers improved to 9-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference with their sixth straight victory.
Twelve Cavaliers accounted for the 22 goals, including sophomore Mike Leyden (Haverford High), who scored a career high five goals on the day. Junior Corey Elmer posted a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists. Senior Bobby Thorp (Cherokee) matched a season high with three goals and three helpers, while sophomore Ethan Heisman (Henderson) had three goals.
Widener 15, Lycoming 1
In a rematch of last year’s conference semifinals, the Pride (9-3, 5-0 CC) rolled Kyle Gratz had five goals and an assist and freshman Tim Taylor (Archbishop Ryan) had four goals and an assist.