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Philly men’s D3 roundup: @DelValMLAX goes to 2-0; @UrsinusMLAX, @Eastern_MLAX, @HCFords_MLax, Gwynedd Mercy win

Sunday, 8th March 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/8/15

Seth Clauser and Chris Coyle each scored four times to lead the Delaware Valley College men’s lacrosse team to an 11-9 victory Saturday over visiting Arcadia University.

For the Aggies, it was their second win of their inaugural week as they improved to 2-0 on the year. They will look to remain perfect when they travel to Elizabethtown College for the first road challenge of the season on Wednesday, March 11. Meanwhile, the Knights dropped to 1-3 overall.

Clauser, Coyle and Ryan Kratzke (Central Bucks West) all had four points in the win for Delaware Valley with Kratzke’s all coming from assists. Long had two goals on five shots and Brady added a tally of his own. Danny Smith was stellar on defense for the second straight game as he led the squad with seven ground balls and six caused turnovers. Jacob Tomasik played all 60 minutes between the pipes and made 12 saves.

The Knights had five different goal scorers, led by three from Danny Riley and two each from Riley Donovan and Sean McDonald (Holy Ghost Prep). Riley also added two helpers to lead the team with five points. Billy Van Dyke was dominant on faceoffs as he won 18 of 22 draws and was credited with a game-high 10 ground balls. Jordan Culichia took the loss in goal for Arcadia as he entered the game at the start of the second half. He made seven saves while A.J. Beck started the game and made five saves in 30 minutes of play.

Ursinus 12, Kenyon 5

Paced by four goals from Mark Stratton (Manheim Township), the Bars opened their home schedule with a win over Kenyon at Patterson Field.

Stratton scored two goals in each half, as Ursinus (3-0) also got two goals and three assists from Jake Weber (Manheim Township) and two more from Steve Smyrl (Garnet Valley) in the win. Goalkeeper Brian Neff had 17 saves and Ursinus faceoff specialist James Fairchild (Malvern Prep) had five ground balls as he went 13-for-20 from the X. Steve Mussoline (Allentown Central Catholic) added a goal and an assist.

Eastern 11, Virginia Wesleyan 8

Eastern improved to 4-0 to start the season with a victory at Virginia Wesleyan College.

The Eastern Eagles trailed the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins by two in the second quarter, but regained control of the game with four consecutive goals to close out the second and third quarters.

Eastern senior and all-time leading scorer Grant Ferguson boosted his career numbers with a game-high five goals. Ferguson’s recorded a five-goal game 11 times now in his career. Fellow senior David Darling set up Ferguson on three of those goals. Darling had another helper to finish with a game-high four assists to go along with one goal.

Sophomore Tim Lamb came up with two important goals in the second-half that bumped Eastern’s lead to two in both situations. Lamb also assisted two of Ferguson’s goals. Nick DiPiano (Great Vallkey) had 11 saves.

Haverford 13, Fairleigh Dickinson 6

The Fords scored the final eight goals, turning a 6-5 deficit into a 13-6 victory. Overall, the Fords (2-2) had a 9-2 edge over the final 30 minutes of play for their second straight win of the season. The teams were deadlocked at four-all heading into the halftime break.

Isaac Krier tallied four second half goals on just eight shots to lead the Haverford attack. Richard Greenberg added two goals in the opening period, while scoring his third goal of the game at the start of the fourth. Max Ellis and Geoff Geppert added the Fords’ two goals in the second period, while Jack Russ, Jack Sollee, Kevin Goshorn, and Chase Williams each tallied in the second half. Williams’ goal was his team-leading eighth of the season as he has scored in all four games to start the year. The goals for Ellis and Goshorn were the first of their Haverford careers.

Gwynedd Mercy 13, Mount Saint Mary 9

Gwynedd Mercy improved to 4-0 as junior Tony McCraw (Central Dauphin East) recorded three goals and three assists while Blase Cesarone (Daniel Boone) added a career-high four goals as Gwynedd, who trailed 5-2 midway in the second, scored four-straight to close the half to lead 6-5. It didn’t stop there, as the offense registered five of the next six goals in the third to help take an 11-6 lead heading into the fourth.

The Griffins outshot the Knights, 55-26, while holding a 48-29 edge in groundballs. The team would cause 11 turnovers while winning 19-of-24 faceoffs. McCraw was a perfect 7-for-7 while senior Peter Pappas (Great Valley) was 10-for-14.

Goalie John Black (Hempfield) recorded the win, as the senior made seven saves. Christopher Doerr of the Knights was kept busy, making 27 stops.

Senior Nico Belardo (Northern Burlington) tallied two goals while Dillon Cave (Archbishop Ryan), sophomore Alfonso Manzo (Southern, NJ), and freshman Dominic Moscariello (Lansdale Catholic) each chipped in a goal and an assist.

Albright 13, Potsdam 12

Senior Philip Potter scored four goals, including three in a decisive second quarter, and also added two assists leading Albright to a non-conference victory over SUNY Potsdam.

Led by Potter, the Lions raced out to a 9-3 halftime advantage and then held off a late charge by the Bears to secure their second win of the season.

Wesleyan 10, Bates 7

In NESCAC play Wesleyan University defeated Bates College as Jared Jacobs (Conestoga) won 6 of 12 face offs with 3 GB while Jake Cresta (Hatboro Horsham) had 1 CT for Wesleyan University. Charlie Hildebrand (Conestoga) had 1 goal and 3 GB for Bates.

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