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Men’s lacrosse: @UrsinusMLAX tops 12th-ranked Montclair, 11-9, to move to 4-0

Wednesday, 11th March 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/11/15
From Press Release

Three goals each by senior midfielder Jake Weber (Manheim Township), senior attack Mark Stratton (Manheim Township) and junior attack Steve Mussoline (Allentown Central Catholic) helped Ursinus (4-0) defeat 12th-ranked Montclair State (3-1) 11-9 on Wednesday night in men’s lacrosse action.

The Bears scored 11 goals on 23 shots, with four of the goals coming via extra-man situations. Senior midfielder Mike Neal had three assists in the win.

For Montclair, junior attack Brett Mangan had three goals and one assist, while junior midfielder Connor Cunningham and junior attack Alex Hahn each had two goals.

A big first period for Ursinus set the tone as the Bears scored the first three goals of the game, starting with Mussoline’s goal at 10:55 on an assist by Neal. Senior midfielder Ian Moore then scored on an unassisted goal at 6:57 for a 2-0 lead, followed by Mussoline’s second of the game at 4:37 on a Neal assist for a 3-0 lead.

Montclair got back within one at 3-2 as Zach Schreck scored with 2:38 left in the first quarter, followed by a Shane Raymond goal 37 seconds into the second quarter. Weber got his first goal of the game at 13:49 to put the Bears back up 4-2, but, Cunningham would score his first for the Red Hawks with 11:59 left to keep Montclair within one.

Ursinus scored back-to-back goals, including a man-up goal with 4:14 as Neal scoring on a Stratton for a 6-3 lead.

Leading 6-4 at intermission, Ursinus scored four straight goals in the third quarter with two of them being man-up goal. The last goal came with 2:59 left in the third as Weber scored on an assist by senior attack Steve Smyrl (Garnet Valley) for a 10-4 lead.

Montclair would score five of the final six goals of the game, including back-to-back goals with under three minutes left in the fourth. The last, coming from Mangan, would put the Red Hawks within two at 11-9. However, Ursinus would force a turnover on Montclair’s next possession and ran out the clock.

Junior goalkeeper Brian Neff (Ephrata) had 14 saves for Ursinus, while sophomore goalkeeper Lucas Jones had seven saves for Montclair.

Ursinus faces RPI on Sunday at Cold Spring Harbor High School on Long Island. The win over Montclair marked only the second time Ursinus has beat a ranked opponent in school history.



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