Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/25/15
From Press Release
Senior midfielder Mike Neal had two goal and two assists as host Ursinus (6-1, 2-0 Centennial) broke a three-game losing skid to Franklin & Marshall by handing the Diplomats (3-5, 1-1 Centennial) 9-7 in men’s lacrosse play on Wednesday.
Junior attack Steve Mussoline (Allentown Central Catholic) and senior attack Steve Smyrl (Garnet Valley) each had two goals in the win, with senior midfielder Jake Weber (Manheim Township) and senior midfielder Ian Moore going for a goal and an assist.
F&M was led by two goals from and two assists from senior midfielder Chad Gamble.
After a defensive struggle in the first quarter that saw each team get one goal, the Diplomats took a 2-1 lead 55 seconds into the second quarter on a goal by Gamble. From there, Ursinus went on a 6-0 run that spanned the second and third quarters. Neal scored both of his goals during that time, including one with 1:42 left in the half to give the Bears a 5-2 lead at intermission.
The run was capped by an extra-man goal from Smyrl on an assist from Neal with 2:55 left in the third for a 7-2 lead.
F&M made a run at it in the fourth quarter, closing the game on a 5-2 scoring run. A goal from Gamble and one from senior midfielder Ben Ross (Conestoga) both came within 41 seconds of each other to get the Diplomats with three at 9-6.
However, the Ursinus defensive unit held the Diplomats to just one more goal during the final 6:02 to get the win. Ursinus forced 19 turnovers, with senior defender Ryan Ridinger (Manheim Township) getting five caused turnovers in the win.
Junior goalkeeper Brian Neff (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) had ten saves in the win for Ursinus, while senior Timothy Mattessich had 12 for F&M.