Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/3/16
Tony McCraw made history once again as the senior became the Gwynedd Mercy Men’s Lacrosse Program’s all-time leading goal scorer in a 9-7 win at Delaware Valley on Wednesday.
McCraw, who scored his 100th goal on Saturday, needed two to break the mark of 101. He would get the record-setting tally midway in the fourth quarter to break a 6-6 tie. He would finish the game with four points, as he added two assists.
Senior Tommy Belmont (Great Valley) and freshman Ryan Simpson (Upper Darby) also scored twice as GMercyU (1-1) would pick up their first win of the season.
Gwynedd Mercy would trail 5-3 at halftime but thanks to two goals in the third, one each from Marc Bushong (Washington Township) and Simpson, things were locked up heading into the fourth.
Belmont would open the fourth with the first of his two unassisted goals at the 12:58 mark. Del Val’s P.J. Rafferty (Avon Grove) would set up Nick Shendge (Upper Merion) just over two minutes later to knot the teams back once again. Tied at 6-6 and with 7:05 to go, McCraw would tally career goal #102 and more importantly the lead. The ensuing faceoff was won by Gwynedd and quickly converted to a goal, just eight seconds later, from Simpson for a two-goal lead.
Belmont would add his second on the day with 5:48 left to up the lead to three. The Aggies put one on the board with just over a minute remaining, but would draw no closer.
Rafferty led the Del Val (0-1) with five points on two goals and three assists. Shendge and Austin Sensenig also tallied twice.
Griffin goalie Sean Myers made eight saves for his first collegiate victory. Aggie keeper Jon Fogarty (Methacton) recorded 10.
Gwynedd Mercy returns to action in exactly one week when they head to Haverford in a 4 p.m. start.
Swarthmore 8, Drew 5
Swarthmore improved to 3-0 to start the 2016 season, scoring eight goals for the third consecutive game.
Behind hat tricks from Cam Marsh and Dylan Rittenhouse (Downingtown West), the Garnet earned the 8-6 road win against the Drew University Rangers on Wednesday night.
Both Marsh and Rittenhouse recorded their hat tricks in a single quarter. Marsh went off in the second quarter, netting all three in the span of 4:16. He also added an assist. Rittenhouse, a freshman, put the game away with three goals in the final 5:19 of the fourth quarter.
Arcadia 12, Shenandoah 6
The Knights opened the home season with a win. The Knights and the Hornets both move to 2-2 on the season.
The Scarlet and Grey were led by senior Chris Jacovino with three goals on a team-best six shots on goal, while handing out a team-leading three assists. Freshmen Jay Horner and Nick Ferraro, sophomore Matt Mignogna (Central Bucks South) and junior Kenny Grant all added two goals.
Sophomore A.J. Beck made 15 saves to pick his the win in his first start of the season. Ben Judy picked took the loss making a dozen saves.
Eastern 9, Catholic 8, OT
Eastern notched its first win of the season in a dramatic overtime game. Desmond Decker fired the game-winner less than two minutes into overtime to tally his third goal of the day.
Matt Lee (Cherry Hill East) won the opening faceoff, and Ryan Mitchell gained possession giving Eastern a chance to win the game. Decker finished off the hat trick ripping a shot past Harrison Holak (Central Bucks East) for the game winner, 9-8. Holak had an amazing 25 saves.
Stockton 10, Haverford 9
The Fords blitzed Stockton early on and built a 9-3 lead with five unanswered goals that spanned the second quarter through the opening minutes of the third. However, it was a late 6-0 run from the visitors that proved to be the difference as the visiting Ospreys scored with time expiring on Swan Field.
Isaac Krier led the Fords’ early charge with four goals, while five other players also scored for the hosts. Stockton’s rally was headed by three goals from Vincent Manasia and two goals from both Mike Caposella and Guy Loggi.
Moravian 12, Hood 9
Muhlenberg 12, Centenary 8