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Men’s D1 roundup: @PennMensLAX, @NovaLacrosse, @DrexelMensLax claim wins

Saturday, 26th March 2016

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/26/16
From Press Releases

The University of Pennsylvania scored the game’s first six goals, opening a cushion wide enough to secure its second Ivy League win of 2016 with a 9-6 defeat of Cornell at Franklin Field.

The Quakers — who beat the Big Red in the regular season for the first time since 2006 — are now 5-2 overall and 2-0 for the first time since the 1984 season (when they went 6-0 in the Ivies). Cornell falls to 3-4 overall and is 0-2 in the Ivy League.

Freshman Alex Roesner had a hat trick for the Quakers, scoring twice in the opening 6-0 run. The Red and Blue built a 4-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to Roesner and classmate Simon Mathias (1 goal, 2 assists), and held a 6-1 lead at halftime.

Cornell scored the first two goals of the third quarter to make it 6-3, but just nine seconds after the Big Red’s third goal Roesner netted his third of the day off a James Farrell feed. The quarter ended with the Quakers up, 6-3.

In the fourth quarter, Cornell had recovered a bit to close within three at 7-4 with 11:51 to play, but goals from Tyler Dunn and Chris Hilburn (Malvern Prep) returned Penn’s lead to five with 5:35 remaining.

Connor Keating (Haverford School) and Reilly Hupfeldt (Haverford School) each scored once for Penn.

Reed Junkin made 14 saves in the win, including 10 in the second half as he protected the lead his offense had provided.

Drexel 12, Mercer 12

Drexel scored seven straight goals to end the first half and held Mercer without a goal for a span of more than 38 minutes en route to a win. Matthew Varian scored three times and Cole Shafer and Robert Frazee each added two as the Dragons improved to 4-5.

Drexel got on the board right away as Mercer was assessed a penalty just six seconds into the contest. The Dragons responded with a man-up goal by Marshal King. Frank Fusco was credited with the assist. Chris Rahill and Chris Baxa answered and four minutes in, the visitors were ahead by a goal. That would be the last time the Bears (3-5) would score in the first half. Varian tied it after wheeling around the net and firing a shot home. The Dragons took the lead for good when Drexel’s defense forced a failed clear. On the restart the Dragons got the ball to Cole Shafer, who scored his 17th goal of the season with 1:54 to play in the quarter.

Villanova 15, Fairfield 9

The #6 Wildcats defeated the Stags at home.

Jake Froccaro got things started for Villanova on a pass from Devin McNamara next the Stags tied it up. After that the Wildcats never let the game get close going on a seven to one run into halftime.

McNamara scored the final two goals of the first quarter; the first was assisted by Christian Cuccinello and the second by Joey Froccaro. Fairfield scored the opening goal of the second quarter and the rest was all Villanova. Cuccinello started the five goal run, next McNamara scored his third goal of the game just under 7 minutes into the second half on a pass from Jack Curran.

Matt McIver kept things going with a goal of his own with the assist from Joey Froccaro. Next it was his brother Jake who scored the final goal of the 2nd quarter to put the Wildcats up 7-2 at halftime.

To start off the 3rd it was Villanova who got on the board first with a goal from Timmy Harding on a pass from Joey Froccaro. Fairfield answered back scoring and ending their over 15 minutes scoring drought. Villanova scored back to back goals in under a minute first Curran scored on a pass from Joey Froccaro; that was Joey’s fourth assist of the game and a career high. Jake Froccaro’s scored a goal at 9:40 which was his 30th of the season and put Villanova up 10-3.

John Moderski (Penn Charter) led the Nova defense with four groundballs and a caused turnover.

For Fairfield, Drew Murray (Penn Charter) scored once and Andrew Eidenshink (La Salle) had two groundballs.

Navy 12, Lehigh 7

After the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team took a 2-1 lead following one quarter, Navy outscored the Mountain Hawks in the second, 4-0, on its way to a 12-7 win on a sunny Sunday afternoon in front of 1,470 fans at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Senior Reid Weber (Germantown Academy) led the offense with two goals and one assist while freshman goaltender Chris Kiernan made 14 saves. Lehigh falls to 5-3 on the season and 3-2 in Patriot League play while Navy improves to 6-2 and 4-1 in the league.

TJ Hanzsche (Malvern Prep) had two goals for Navy.

Yale 11, Princeton 10

Austin Sims had followed up his three-goal game last week against Penn with four more goals for the Tigers in the heartbreaking loss to the nation’s No. 3 team.

Gavin McBride (Haverford School) had two goals and an assist and now has at least one point in 22 straight games. Riley Thompson did not have a goal for the first time this season but did have two assists.

Boston Univ. 16, Lafayette 6

Junior Kevin Lewis returned from a four-game absence and posted three goals and an assist for the Lafayette men’s lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Field. Unfortunately, he didn’t get much help as the Leopards fell to Boston U. by a 16-6 score.

Defenseman Greg Wozniak (Holy Ghost Prep) had three GBs and a caused turnover for BU while Greg Farris (Southern Lehigh) scored once.

Rutgers 15, Delaware 112

Delaware made a valiant comeback in the fourth quarter and outscored No. rv Rutgers, 7-3, in the final stanza, but it wasn’t enough as the Hens fell, 15-11, to the Scarlet Knights Saturday evening at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Junior Paul Major (Spring-Ford) and sophomore Dean DiSimone (Augustine Prep) each collected career games for the Blue Hens in the loss.

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