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Sunday’s college roundup: @GoGriffsLax, @UrsinusMLAX bow; @PennStateWLAX triumphs

Monday, 16th March 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/16/15
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Chestnut Hill College got another crack at a nationally ranked foe Sunday when it welcomed #15 Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) to Victory Field #1 for a non-conference clash. The Griffins found themselves ahead 4-3 in the second quarter, but the Cardinals put the clamps on during a stretch of four unanswered goals spanning halftime that helped them leave with a 10-7 decision on a blustery day.

Junior attack George Markey led the resistance with two goals and two assists for his third game with at least four points.

Chestnut Hill College (2-3) was faced with an early deficit after freshman midfielder Sam Horning (Colorado Springs, Colo.) staked Wheeling Jesuit University (4-2) to a 1-0 head start at 12:21 of the first period. The Griffins, who rattled the crossbar on two of their first three shots, stormed ahead with a three-goal spurt spearheaded by sophomore attack Alec Dambach (Howell, N.J.), who scored unassisted to get the home side on the board, 1-1 (10:30). Markey hooked up with sophomore midfielder Justin Albarran for the go-ahead marker, 2-1 (0:22), before Dambach set up junior attack Michael Plaia almost five minutes into the second quarter, 3-1 (10:25).

Senior attack Duston Doudelet (Toronto, Ontario) erased the Griffin gap with back-to-back goals, but senior midfielder Christopher Mertens got it right back with his first goal of the season, 4-3 (5:25). But the Cardinals took control from there, with freshman attack Dereck Downs (Toronto, Ontario) scoring 18 seconds later, 4-4 (5:07) and ultimately giving the visitors the lead for good on a marker 18 seconds before halftime, 5-4 (0:18). WJU continued to shut down the Chestnut Hill College attack, holding the hosts scoreless in the third period and taking a 7-4 lead into the final frame. Markey’s unassisted tally ended the Cardinals stranglehold and brought the Griffins to within 7-5 with 11:31 remaining, but WJU scored twice in a 29-second span to extend the margin to 9-5 midway through the quarter (7:30). Markey scored by himself and fed freshman attack Dylan Klusaritz (Slatington, Pa.) for a man-up goal, 9-7 (1:11), but the Cardinals scored 10 ticks later to end Chestnut Hill College’s comeback hopes.

Downs and Doudelet each netted three goals for WJU, with the former adding an assist. Horning and fellow freshman Matt Lee (Toronto, Ontario) scored twice apiece, while another rookie – midfielder Zak Semere – gave the Cardinals a big boost by winning 8-of-12 (66.7%) faceoffs and scooping up six ground balls. Freshman goalkeeper Collin Smith (Plymouth, Va.) finished with 12 saves (10 in the second half) to earn the win (4-2).

Dambach supported Markey with a three-point afternoon on a goal and two assists for Chestnut Hill College, which enjoyed a 35-29 shot advantage. Mertens picked up a team-best four ground balls and caused a turnover, while sophomore Daniel DePasquale, three caused turnovers and two ground balls, and junior Derick Darnulc, three ground balls and two caused turnovers, served as the Griffins’ defensive stoppers. Sophomore Thomas McDermott (Ridley) racked up 12 saves between the pipes, with six coming in each half.

Division III
RPI 10, Ursinus 6

Patrick Finn scored four goals to lead Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to a 10-6 win over Ursinus in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon at Cold Spring Harbor High School. With the win, their fourth in a row, the Engineers improve to 5-2 overall, while the Bears drop their first game of the season, now standing at 4-1.

Neither team scored until 5:23 of the first quarter, asJake Weidner got the Engineers on the board with an unassisted goal. Ursinus outshot Rensselaer, 8-5, in the period, but RPI was able to take advantage of a Bear turnover, as Jake Baxter picked up the groundball to start the clear, which ended with the Weidner shot.

Ursinus tied the game at 11:27 of the second, as Ian Desenberg scored an unassisted tally. RPI would score the next three goals, all coming on the man-up, to take a 4-1 lead with 3:11 to play. Breanainn McNeally took an assist at 9:37 to give the Engineers the lead, while Weidner scored his second of the day at 7:49, with a helper from Matt Hall. Finn netted his first of the day with an assist from Casey Colligan to end the rally. Ursinus would pull back within 4-3 before the half, as Mark Stratton (Manheim Township) and Ian Moore scored consecutive goals in the final 2:04.

Finn added an unassisted score to start the scoring in the second half to push the RPI lead to 5-3 at 14:38. The teams exhanged goals for the rest of the third quarter. Desenberg took an assist from Stratton for Ursinus at 13:23, while Finn scored his third at 7:48 to keep the Engineers ahead by two. Stratton passed off to Desenberg again at 5:51 to pull the Bears back within one, but Colligan wrapped up the scoring with a tally with just 1:21, taking an assist from Scott Crow.

Rensselaer outscored Ursinus 3-1 in the final quarter to set the final score. Pat Hogan netted an unassisted tally at 8:42, but the Bears won the ensuing face off and Mike Durst scored just 20 seconds later. The Engineers would get goals from Finn and Hall in the final four minutes, including Hall’s tally with just 27 seconds to go, to end the game.

Ursinus outshot RPI, 45-27, in the game, and also led in faceoff wins by a 14-6 margin. The Bears held a slight 40-39 lead in groundballs. However, Rensselaer went 3-for-3 on the man-up, while holding Ursinus to 0-2 with the extra-man advantage.

David Gibbs made a career-high 19 saves in the goal for RPI in a complete-game effort. Brian Neff stopped 11 opposing shots for Ursinus.

Division I
Penn State 17, Vanderbilt 10

The No. 9 Nittany Lions used superb goalkeeping and steady scoring to down former ALC rival Vanderbilt on a cold and windy Sunday at Penn State Lacrosse Field. Junior Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) made a season-high 15 saves, while Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) and Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) combined for 11 points.

Smith made 15 stops, nine of which came in the second half when Penn State (5-2) was able to pull away from Vanderbilt (3-4). Smith’s play limited the Commodores to just 1-of-5 shooting from the free-position. The outing was one of Smith’s career-high of 16 saves, set last season at Virginia.

On the other end of the field, McCormick and Mosketti sparked the Nittany Lion offense, tallying a combined five goals and six assists. McCormick had a six-point game with two tallies and four helpers, while Mosketti notched a hat trick and dished two dimes of her own.

McCormick moved into sole possession of second place at Penn State for career assists (112) and sits only three behind Julie Tice (1997-2000) who tallied 115 helpers. McCormick has 18 assists this season and has averaged 2.57 per game.

In all, Penn State had nine different goal scorers and seven of them tallied two or more goals. Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.), Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.), Jess Loizeaux (Mullica Hills, N.J.), Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) and Kristin Brent (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) each tallied two goals to aid McCormick and Mosketti.

Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley) added three draw controls and two groundballs while Natalie Schmitt (Archbishop carroll) had two groundballs and a caused turnover while Cat Layne (Villa Maria Academy) had a caused turnover.

For Vanderbilt, Maggie Forker (Episcopal Academy) had three groundballs and a caused turnover on defense.

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