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Tuesday’s Philly college roundup: @SJUHawks_Lax, @UDMensLacrosse, @LafayetteMLax, @PennWomensLax gain wins

Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/2/14
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With 13 seconds remaining in regulation, redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) registered his fourth goal of the game and 100th point of his career as the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team downed Mount St. Mary’s, 10-5, in Northeast Conference action on Tuesday evening at Sweeney Field. With the win, the Hawks improve to 7-2 overall and a perfect 3-0 in the NEC.

McGee entered the game with 96 career points. After scoring once in the first period and twice in the third, McGee rocketed his 67th career goal to record his 100th career point in just the 37th game of his collegiate career.

“It feels really good to be given the opportunity to play with some great players to be able to achieve that milestone,” said McGee following Tuesday’s game. “You don’t get to 100 points unless you’re surrounded by a great offense and have a great coaching staff. I’ve been blessed to be in a really good situation over the past three years.

“I got lucky and made the most of some opportunities but I can’t say enough about the guys around me and the job that they’ve done over the last three years. With the strides that we’ve made as a team, it feels really good to be sitting where we are right now.”

Saint Joseph’s did not waste any time as the Hawks scored the first seven goals on the game to take a 7-0 lead late into the third period. Led by the two-goal efforts of McGee and sophomore midfielder Richard Gabelman (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spalding), five Hawks scored for SJU in the first 37:52.

Senior midfielder Johnny Simanski (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) got the Hawks on the scoreboard just 3:36 into the game, and McGee added his first tally with 1:48 remaining as SJU closed out the first period with a 2-0 edge.

Neither team would add to the scoring until late into the second period, when freshman attackman Ray Vandegrift (Penn Charter) tucked away an unassisted tally with 2:33 to go. Less than one minute later, junior midfielder Josh Cavanaugh (Springfield-Delco) brilliantly worked past his defender and found Gabelman, who recorded his first of two tallies at the 1:46 mark to give the Crimson and Gray a 4-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

After Mount St. Mary’s (0-11, 0-3 NEC) was hit with a one-minute cross check penalty at the start of the third period, SJU sophomore attackman Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep) took advantage of the man-up situation and found McGee, who registered his second tally of the game at the 13:11 mark. Gabelman and Swanick then scored back-to-back goals within 40 seconds of one another to give Saint Joseph’s the commanding 7-0 lead with 7:08 remaining in the third and 22:08 left in regulation.

Mount St. Mary’s (0-11, 0-3 NEC) got on the scoreboard with 5:01 remaining in the third period to close the gap, 7-1, but McGee net his third goal of the game with 15 seconds remaining in the third to give SJU the 8-1 advantage heading into the final 15:00.

SJU was hit with a pair of penalties toward the start of the fourth period, and the Mount took advantage of the EMO as the Mountaineers scored four unanswered goals – two man-up – just 6:15 into the fourth to close the deficit to three goals, 8-5.

However, SJU’s defensive unit stopped Mount St. Mary’s scoring run and junior midfielder Mike Dougherty (Malvern Prep) found Simanski with just under 1:30 left to play to put the Hawks back up, 9-5. McGee’s tally with 13 seconds remaining ensured the 10-5 victory for the Crimson and Gray.

McGee’s four-goal effort led the Hawks’ offense while Simanski (2G), Gabelman (2G), and Swanick (1G, 1A) also added multi-point games.

Saint Joseph’s owned a 37-23 advantage in shots and 27-22 edge in ground balls and forced 19 Mountaineer turnovers – with five coming from failed clears. Junior defensemen Kevin Barrow (Avon Grove) and Will Farrell (St. Joseph’s Prep) and freshman defenseman Charles Giunta (Penn Charter) combined for 10 of SJU’s 27 ground balls while Barrow caused a team-high three turnovers.

Freshman midfielder Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley) went .667 (10-of-15) from the face-off – including a perfect 6-of-6 third period – to lead SJU to 12 of 19 total possessions from the X and to boast a game-high eight ground balls. Fellow rookie Danny Manning (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) took the last two face-off opportunities of the game and won both.

The Mount was 2-of-3 in EMOs, converting both attempts in the fourth period, while McGee’s second goal of the game at the 13:11 mark of the third period gave SJU a perfect 1-1 EMO stat for the day.

Junior goalkeeper Dustin Keen (Downingtown West) (6-2) made nine saves in a full-game effort.

Delaware 10, Manhattan 5

Senior Dan Keane matched a career-high by scoring four goals and junior Beau Jones (Germantown Academy) dished out a career-high five assists as the Blue Hens posted a non-league victory.

Delaware (6-5) put an end to a three-game losing streak as the Hens jumped out to a 6-2 lead at halftime and put the game away by outscoring the Jaspers 3-0 in the final stanza to go home winners.

The Blue Hens are now 4-0 all-time against Manhattan, which fell to 2-8 on the season with the loss. The Jaspers were coming off a 14-13 road win at Marist on Saturday while the Hens bounced back from a 9-7 home setback to Drexel on Saturday.

Keane recorded his fifth career hat trick while Jones, coming off a career-best three goals in the setback to Drexel, assisted on five goals. The five assists were the most by a Delaware player since Grant Kaleikau had five vs. Bucknell in 2012.

Lafayette 9, Monmouth 5

Brian Bock (Spring-Ford) netted a hat trick as the Leopards downed Monmouth. Jake Hyatt made 11 saves in goal for the Leopards as they improved to 2-7 this season.

Bock opened the scoring for the Leopards midway through the first quarter when he took a feed from Cory Scheuerle (St. Joseph’s Prep). Monmouth tied the score three minutes later on a goal from Tyler Keen. Lafayette answered with a pair of goals in the final two minutes of the first period. Robert Orazietti and Sonny Round tallied late in the frame to help build a 3-1 advantage after one.

Tyler Keen (Downingtown West), Eric Berger (Penn Charter), Chris Daly (Lower Merion) each scored once and Zack Scliecher (Conestoga) had an assist.

Penn 8, Georgetown 6

A halftime deficit for No. 12 Penn against No. 19 Georgetown was quickly erased as the Quakers scored three times in a span of 2:23 in the opening moments of the second period en route to a win at The McDonogh School in Baltimore.

Catherine Dickinson, Iris Williamson (Germantown Freinds) and Nina Corcoran each scored in the rapid-fire run for the Red and Blue, Williamson adding an assist on Dickinson’s goal as Penn turned a 4-3 deficit at the break into a 6-4 lead with 9:50 elapsed in the second half. Lely DeSimone netted her third of the game and then Sarah Barcia would add a fifth consecutive goal for the Quakers with 15:23 to play, scoring her sixth of the season to give Penn an 8-4 lead.

Penn needed that run to stave off the Hoyas, as Georgetown scored the game’s next two goals, including a free position from Kelyn Freedman (Radnor) three goals with 5:22 to play. The Hoyas won the ensuing draw, but a Freedman shot was saved by Lucy Ferguson with 4:24 to play and a following attempt from Freedman with 3:46 to play hit the post and found the stick of Allie Martin who secured the ground ball.

With the win, Penn improves to 6-2 this season while the Hoyas fall to 3-7.

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