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Philly men’s D3 roundup: @UrsinusMLAX tops @Eastern_MLAX; @SwatLacrosse nearly pulls off upset of Gettysburg

Sunday, 5th April 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/5/15
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In what was definitely a tough test for the Bears of Ursinus College but they emerged victorious over the visiting Eagles of Eastern College 14-11. The game could be best described as a track meet from start to finish.

The visiting Eagles (8-3) struck first in the opening two minutes of the game when senior midfielder Andrew Travers was able to get just enough on his shot to get it past Ursinus goalie Brian Neff (Ephrata) for the 1-0 lead.

However, the momentum turned quickly as the Bears tallied the next four straight goals. Senior midfielder Jake Weber (Manheim Township) tallied two of those four goals giving the Bears a 4-1 lead and finished the game as the bears leading scorer with five.

David Darling led eastern with three goals and three assists while Grant Ferguson and Andrew Travers weach had two goals and two assists.

Eastern started to claw back and right as the half ended Kyle Gillam (Sun Valley) ripped a shot past Neff to make it 8-4 at the break. That goal would lead to one of the wildest second half’s either team has seen this season.

The Eagles came out firing to start the second half finding the net five time as compared to the Bears two goals. Senior Midfielder David Darling netted two of Eastern’s five third quarter goals cutting the deficit to two.

Hanging on to a slim 11-9 lead at the start of the 4th quarter Ursinus fired off another series of four straight goals to extend their lead to 14-9. Senior attackman Mark Stratton (Manheim Township) scored the final Ursinus goal of the day.

Eastern fought back though making it 14-11 with just over four minutes to play. Neff, who recorded 13 saves on the day stood tall in net and the defense held to give the Bears the win.

With the win Ursinus moves to 8-1 overall and will travel to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to take on Washington College on Wednesday night April 8th at 7:00 PM. This game will certainly have major playoff implications as both teams enter number one (Washington) and three (Ursinus) in the conference respectfully.

Arcadia 19, Neumann 6

Sophomore Joe Stanton scored four goals with three assists for a program-record seven points to lead the Arcadia University men’s lacrosse team to a 19-6 non-conference victory over Neumann University Saturday at Easton Field. Arcadia improved to 3-6 with the win, while Neumann fell to 0-9 with the loss.

Senior Ryan O’Kane (Ridley) was a factor on all five Neumann goals, scoring three and setting up two others. Freshman Marco Anostini allowed 14 goals with seven saves in the first half as he took the loss in net, while sophomore Tom Blakesee gave up five goals with seven stops in the second half.

Gettysburg 11, Swarthmore 10, OT

Senior Ian Lukaszewicz and freshman Cam Marsh combined to score eight goals, but it wasn’t enough, as the Swarthmore College men’s lacrosse team fell to third-ranked and undefeated Gettysburg by an 11-10 decision in overtime on Saturday, Apr. 4 at Clothier Field.

Leading 10-9 in the waning minutes, Swarthmore successfully cleared the ball and took a timeout with the ball in their offensive third and just 1:39 remaining. But following the break, an errant pass by senior Andrew Preiser intended for Lukaszewicz would prove to be costly. Gettysburg came back the other way, and was able to net the equalizer when Brendan Morris found Sean Fumai for his 12th marker of the season with just 19.7 seconds left to force overtime.

Playing a man up due to a slashing call that occurred following the game-tying goal, Gettysburg (10-0, CC 3-0) was awarded possession to begin the extra session and took full advantage of the opportunity. Morris once again factored into the heroics by netting the golden goal to give the Bullets a sudden victory.

Lukaszewicz helped Swarthmore begin the game strong and outscore the visitors by a 4-0 score in the first quarter. Sophomore Cole Fox made seven of his 16 saves on the other end during the frame to help keep the Garnet ahead.

Gettysburg began to rally by outshooting Swarthmore 13-3 in the second quarter and pulled within one at the break when Robby Maddux finished a pass from Morris to make it 5-4. The Garnet were able to break out to a 9-6 advantage when junior Will Black scored an unassisted marker, but a man-down goal by Bijan Firouzan shifted the momentum towards the Bullets. Despite never leading in regulation, Gettysburg scored the last three goals of the game to avoid the upset bid by the Garnet.

Lukaszewicz led the Garnet attack with five goals and one assist, while senior captain Darrel Hunter anchored the defense with five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Fox finished the game with 16 stops for the hosts, while Gettysburg’s Tim Brady turned away five shots.

Cazenovia 16, Bryn Athyn 10

The Bryn Athyn College men’s lacrosse team fell to Cazenovia 16-10 in NEAC conference action.

Andrew Coyle (Father Judge) led the Lions with three goals. Connor Buick and Ryan Landels scored two goals each. Travis McCurdy, Quintin Harrish and Marlon Forrest put in one goal apiece. McCurdy led the defense with six ground ball pick ups.

Dickinson 9, Haverford 7

Three different players scored multiple goals Saturday for the Haverford College men’s lacrosse team. However, that team effort was not enough to overcome the host Red Devils as the Fords suffered a 9-7 defeat at Dickinson. The tough luck continued for Haverford as the Fords have now lost their last three Centennial Conference contests by a combined four goals. This includes taking the previous two contests into the overtime period.

Albright 19, Montclair State 9, OT

Senior Ryan Turner scored off an assist from Derek Stump with 52 seconds left in overtime to lead Albright to a 10-9 victory over Montclair State Saturday afternoon at Sprague Field.

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