Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/27/16
From Press Releases
Junior Evan Downey (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) scored the game winning goal 57 seconds into overtime to give No. 17 Cabrini a 9-8 win over No. 5 Lynchburg today at Edith Robb Dixon Field.
Downey finished the day with three goals and an assist, while freshman Matt LoParo (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) paired two goals and a helper. Sophomore goaltender Tyler Morrell (Episcopal Academy) recorded 11 second half saves to earn the victory.
Swarthmore 8, Widener 7, OT
Sophomore Matt Johnson netted the sudden-victory goal for Swarthmore College Men’s Lacrosse with 31 seconds remaining in the first overtime period on Saturday to lift the Garnet past the Pride (0-2).
Johnson scored two goals in the back-and-forth contest. Teammate Sam Sokota led all scorers with three tallies. Senior Will Black notched a goal and freshmen Griffin Johnston and Dylan Rittenhouse recorded their first collegiate goals.
Cole Fox returned to goal on Saturday and recorded 11 saves in the win. Widener peppered Swarthmore with 47 shots, more than doubling the Garnet’s 23 attempts. Twenty-eight of Widener’s attempts came in the second half.
Swarthmore (2-0) took an early lead as Sokota scored 1:29 into the game. Widener followed up with a goal three minutes later and the teams exchanged goals throughout the contest. Widener netted two goals within 35 seconds of each other in the second quarter, but Swarthmore responded with a pair of goals to close out the first half ahead 5-4. Sokota reached his hat trick with one minute remaining in the first half.
The goal trading session continued through the third and fourth quarters. Swarthmore held a 7-6 lead with just 25 seconds left, but the Pride had one last kick and scored to even the game and send it into overtime. Swarthmore recovered possession in the final minute of overtime and took a shot with 35 seconds left. Sokota’s shot was saved, but Johnson recovered the ground ball and scored the game-winner.
Marc LaVine and Chris Sanchez each recorded three points on two goals and one assist to lead the way for Widener, which outshot the visitors by a 47-23 margin while also boasting a 39-29 advantage in ground balls and winning 12 of the 19 face-offs. Sophomore Anthony Paone (CB South) scooped up seven ground balls, while McClary made five stops between the pipes.
Ursinus 9, Mary Washington 5
Facing a two-goal deficit early in the third quarter against Mary Washington, the Bears flipped a switch and never looked back, holding the visitors scoreless for the final 27 minutes and reeling off six unanswered markers to post the victory.
Freshman Peter DeSimone had two goals and two assists during the game-turning rally for No. 14 Ursinus (2-0), which came out on the top end of a seesaw battle with a scrappy Eagles squad thanks to a suffocating defensive turnaround and a diverse array of highlight-reel goals.
Sophomore Lou Harrison (Ridley) scored the game’s first two goals in a span of 54 seconds, and he set up junior Conor Fitzgerald for another one to hand the home side a 3-1 lead. But the Bears went cold from there, and Mary Washington (2-2) took advantage with a four-goal run spanning halftime, seizing a 5-3 lead on a strike from Shane McKenzie at the 11:58 mark of the third quarter. Then came a patented Ursinus flurry, and the Eagles never recovered.
Sophomore Gerard Brown, the reigning Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week, fed freshman Sam Isola with a beautiful cross-crease pass, and the rookie found the back of the net to slice the deficit in half. Momentum swung toward the Bears’ side in a crucial sequence less than half a minute later, when Mary Washington’s Miles Davis rang the crossbar with a rocketed shot. Senior Patrick O’Donoghue collected the rebound and looked up-field for classmate Logan Panaccione, who passed across the crease to the right post for DeSimone, and the freshman made no mistake in burying the equalizer.
Ursinus took control from there. Junior Matthew Cioeta (Sun Valley) went top shelf for his first goal of the season, giving the Bears a 6-5. Six minutes later, Panaccione wowed the home crowd with a jaw-dropping goal. The senior caught a pass from DeSimone on his right side and, in the blink of an eye, went behind his back to beat stunned Eagles keeper Sam Wasson and make it 7-5 in favor of Ursinus. Thirty-six ticks later, Brown somehow got a pass off to DeSimone while falling down, and the freshman buried a top-shelf laser to give the Bears a three-goal lead in the final minute of the third.
DeSimone set up Fitzgerald’s goal with 5:29 to play, closing the book on a thoroughly impressive second half.
Harrison recorded two goals and an assist for the first points of his collegiate career, and Fitzgerald notched his first career multi-goal game. Brown handed out two assists to give him a league-high seven in the season’s first two games.
O’Donoghue turned in a sparkling defensive effort, racking up ten ground balls and causing three turnovers; the ground ball total was the highest single-game effort by a Bear since Shawn Caven scooped up 12 in a 2014 game at Muhlenberg. Senior goalkeeper Brian Neff stonewalled the Eagles after halftime, allowing only a single shot past him over the final 37 minutes and change. He finished with 11 saves, seven of them in the second half.
Moravian 11, Rosemont 6
The Greyhounds jumped out to a 4-0 first quarter lead and would score seven second half goals as they played their first varsity match since 2010 and earned a win over Rosemont at Rocco Calvo Field.
“It feels good to get a win as we restart the program,” stated Head Coach Dave Carty. “It was rough at first after we put four straight in because we let them come back and tie it up before fighting back-and-forth then starting to possess the ball and finish some shots. Junior defender Ed Delia was huge by shutting down their number one player Licata, and they really couldn’t run much offense after that. Once we listened to the offensive scout by starting to jump picks, they kind of shut down. We finished some shots late, and that is what it takes. You just need to keep fighting. They are a good team and we’ll work on fixing the things that didn’t work before Wednesday’s match.”
Senior midfielder Dave Fiumara netted a hat trick and added an assist to lead the Greyhounds while freshman attack James Carroll added two goals and two assists for four points as well. Freshman midfielder Alec Oriolo contributed two goals and an assist while freshman midfielder Dominick Gurreri and freshman midfielder Christopher Klodowski each scored twice for Moravian’s other goals.
Freshmen attack Jack Gozzard (Springfield-Montco), midfielder Hayden DuPont and defender John Polich (Moorestown) each had one assist, and DuPont won 10-of-16 face-offs and had four ground balls. Polich had a team-high five ground balls while Delia had four ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers. Freshman midfielder Jake Burcaw added three ground balls.
Freshman goalie Kurt Dick (Hatboro-Horsham) made 11 saves for the Greyhounds while junior keeper Michael Smith saw some action in the goal crease as well for Moravian.
Zach Bowe had two goals and an assist for Rosemont.