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Men’s lacrosse: Eastern sees 13-game win streak snapped; Neumann bows

Friday, 7th March 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/7/14
From Press Release

The Eastern University men’s lacrosse team had its 13-game win streak snapped on Thursday night in an overtime loss at Christopher Newport University.

The Eagles, now 3-1 this season, hadn’t lost a game since losing to Ursinus College in March 2013.
The CNU Captains, who slipped into the NCAA tournament in front of Eastern last season with an 8-8 record, are 4-1 this year.

Eastern led 7-5 with just over six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but CNU took advantage of an Eastern penalty. CNU’s Aaron Chrzaszcz scored the team’s first extra-man goal of the game with 6:10 to play.

CNU’s Joey Rolando then posted the game-tying goal with 1:20 to go. Eastern won the final face-off of regulation but was unable to get off a shot before the buzzer sounded
CNU took the opening face-off in overtime and had a good look 16 seconds in, but Adam Abbate’s shot sailed wide left and was picked up by Eastern’s Jordan Norris.

The Captains regained possession with three minutes to go after intercepting a pass from Eagles’ goalie Pat Groschan and went man-up after the Eagles committed their ninth penalty of the game. With 2:47 remaining in the four-minute overtime, CNU’s Chrzaszcz fired the bouncing game-winner past Groschan.

The Captains only went 2-for-9 on EMOs, but those two goals proved to be the difference in the game. CNU only committed one penalty and Eastern did not score on that EMO.

Groschan was kept busy by the Captains all game. The Captains fired 40 shots compared to 23 shots by the Eagles. Groschan recorded eight saves on 16 shots on goal.

Eastern edged CNU in the face-off category 10-9. Matt Lee won 8-of-11 face-off opportunities.

Eastern started Thursday’s game hot, scoring two goals in the opening minute. Eagles’ midfielder Shawn Farmer raced down the field after the opening face-off and took the ball all the way to net for his second goal of the season. An injury limited Farmer’s playing time, keeping him out of the second half.
Andrew Travers, making his first appearance this season, put Eastern up 2-0 just 40 seconds into the game. Dave Darling provided the assist, one of his three helpers in the game.

Travers finished with two goals, netting another score 17 seconds before halftime.

Grant Ferguson scored twice for Eastern, increasing his team-high season total to 18.

Dez Decker and JC Hofmeister each added a goal midway through the third quarter.

Eastern looks to start a new win streak on Saturday when they continue their spring break trip at Ferrum College.

Catholic 10, Neumann 4

Chris Scott (Marple Newtown) netted two goals to lead the Knights. Alex Becker (Mount Pleasant) made 21 saves and picked up nine ground balls. Ryan Eber won six face-offs and had 10 ground balls.

Scott put the Knights on the board 1:39 into the game. Ryan O’Kane (Ridley) gave the Knights a 2-0 lead two minutes later. The Cardinals netted the next two goals in the first quarter for a tie game after the first 15 minutes.

Catholic netted four goals in the second quarter for six straight and a 6-2 score at halftime.

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