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Philly men’s D3 roundup: @Eastern_MLAX, @SwatLacrosse, @UrsinusMLax win

Sunday, 1st March 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/1/15
From press Release and Staff Reports

David Darling recording three goals and three assists to lead Eastern to an 11-8 victory Saturday over host Haverford College.

Kyle Gillam (Sun Valley), Grant Ferguson and Bryan Goetz each scored twice. Desmond Decker and Tim Lamb scored once.

The Eagles struck first with Ferguson netting an unassisted goal halfway through the first quarter. Ferguson who scored again in the second quarter, now has 195 career points, two short of tying Chris Farrar for the all-time lead at Eastern. Lamb made it a 2-0 game just 28 seconds later after receiving a feed from Darling and scoring his first goal of the season. Darling tallied his first of the game a minute later after grabbing a ground ball off a Ferguson missed shot. He finished with five ground balls.

Darling then created his own opportunity with three minutes left in the quarter. He caused Haverford faceoff man Andrew Dalke to turn the ball over and then picked up the ground ball. Darling took it to the cage and finished his second goal of the game.

Eastern’s 5-0 lead forced a Haverford timeout, but the results continued in Eastern’s favor. Decker scored with 1:58 left and Goetz scored with 1:05 remaining upping Eastern’s lead to 7-0.

Haverford finally got on the board with 21 ticks left in the quarter. The Fords won the second quarter 4-2, including a goal just 36 seconds before halftime that made it a 9-5 game. Haverford continued to creep closer, scoring with 8:32 to go in the third. What had once been a blowout was now a 9-6 game.

Goetz and Gillam gave the Eagles some breathing room with shots ripped in from above the crease. Gillam’s goal was right near the end of an extra-man opportunity. The Eagles closed out the third quarter up 11-7 and that score held for almost the rest of the game. The Fords tacked on an ineffective goal with 10 seconds left.

Eagles’ goalie Nick DiPiano (Great Valley) recorded 13 saves in the win. Eastern senior defenders Jordan Norris and Mark Cyron (Avon Grove) each had five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Freshman substitute defender Kadeem Colburn recorded four ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Paul Hackett had two goals and an assist and Paul Hackett scored twice for Haverford.

Matt Lee won 12-of-21 faceoffs for the Eagles.

Swarthmore 8, Widener 6

Sophomore Cole Fox made 12 saves in his first career start to help lead host Swarthmore to a win over Widener.

After three low-scoring quarters that saw the teams combine for only seven goals, both offenses caught fire to completely change the complexion of the game. Senior Andrew Preiser, who set up a Chris Thomson (Archmere Academy) marker at the end of the third, found the back of the net with 9:30 left in the fourth to give the Garnet a 5-3 lead.

Widener (0-2) rallied to tie the game at 5-all with 5:01 left by getting two straight strikes from Marc LaVine, but the Garnet responded by taking advantage of a man-up opportunity for the second time and getting a goal from Braden DeWan at the 3:54 mark to go ahead 6-5.

The pendulum continued to swing back and forth through the final minutes, as Vince Marra scored to tie the game for fourth time at 6-6 directly on a delayed penalty directly after the ensuing faceoff. Swarthmore, however, recovered and got markers from DeWan and junior Will Black. Preiser and Thomson assisted on the plays to give the Garnet a two-goal victory.

Fox made a career-high 12 saves on 41 shot attempts for Swarthmore, which avenged last season’s loss to the neighboring Pride. Chris Treat (Haverford High) stopped 14 shots on 37 attempts for Widener.

Marc LaVine led Widener with four goals and Vince Marra (Springfield-Delco) scored twice.

Ursinus 6, Mary Washington 2

Two goals from senior attack Mark Stratton (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) were more than enough as the Bears (1-0) opened their season with a win over Mary Washington.

Stratton scored twice, while senior attack Steve Smyrl (Garnet Valley), senior midfielder Jake Weber (Manheim Township), junior attack Liam Duke (Upper Dublin) and junior long stick midfielder Patrick O’Donoghue each scored for the Bears in the win. Smyrl had two assists while Duke and Weber each picked up one.

Junior goalkeeper Brian Neff (Ephrata) had 11 saves for Ursinus in the win, while junior James Fairchild (Malvern Prep) was 9-for-10 at the X, as Ursinus won ten of the game’s 11 faceoffs.

Alvernia 11, Neumann 10, OT

Junior Colin Rothweiler scored with 1:20 left in the first overtime period to give Alvernia University (1-1) an 11-10 win over Neumann University (0-1) Saturday afternoon in non-conference men’s lacrosse action at Alvernia.

The Crusaders scored the final two goals of regulation to tie the game at 10-all to force overtime. Zach Brommer scored to make the score 10-9 and Ben Manning netted his fourth goal of the game with 2:20 left to level the score.

Ron Lassiter (Interboro) had three goals for Neumann.

Arcadia 11, Rosemont 10, 2 OT

Freshman Danny Riley (five goals, two assists) scored his fifth goal of the game midway through the second overtime period to give the Knights a thrilling victory over visiting Rosemont at Easton Field, marking the first career victory for head coach Nick Taylor.

Ralph Ibezim led Rosemont with five goals.

Gwynedd Mercy 11, Lycoming 7

Senior Nico Belardo (Northern Burlington, NJ) scored five times, including three straight in the decisive third quarter to help lift Gwynedd Mercy to a win at Lycoming.

Belardo would add two assists while teammate Blase Cesarone (Daniel Boone) added three goals.

Catholic 19, Immaculata 10

Wesleyan 9, Hamilton 8, OT

Jared Jacobs (Conestoga) won 7 of 9 face offs and Jake Cresta (Hatboro Horsham) had 2 ground balls as Wesleyan University defeated Hamilton College 9-8 in OT.

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