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Men’s D2-D3 wrap: Philly grads Hoff, Blundin, Lisicki lead No. 9 Lynchburg to 8-7 thriller over Cabrini; Swarthmore stuns Widener

Saturday, 3rd March 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/3/12
From Press Releases and Staff Reports

For the second consecutive game, the Cabrini College men’s lacrosse team suffered a one-goal home loss to a nationally ranked team. The Cavaliers fell to 1-2 on the year after today’s 8-7 loss to No. 9 Lynchburg College at Edith Robb Dixon Field.

Philly alumni were the keys for the visitors as Dylan Hoff (Downingtown East) had two goals and an assist for Lynchburg, while Andrew Blundin (Salesianum School) scored twice and defenseman Joe Lisicki (Unionville) collected nine groundballs and three caused turnovers. Jon Gill (Unionville) also was a force on defense for Lynchburg.

Senior Brian Hill (Ridley) and junior Bobby Thorp led Cabrini with two goals apiece. Freshmen Mike Leyden (Haverford High) and Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) and sophomore Matt Biegel (West Chester east) also found the net for the Blue and White.

The game remained scoreless through much of the first period, as Cabrini’s defense withstood Lynchburg’s first seven shots. The Hornets finally found the net with 3:21 left in the first period. Lynchburg extended its lead to 2-0 41 seconds into the second period.

Biegel got Cabrini on the scoreboard at the 9:31 minutes mark of the period with his fifth goal of the season. Four minutes later, the Cavaliers evened the score when junior Andrew Layne found Hill for his first tally of the day.

Sobieski gave the Blue and White its first lead of the day at 3-2 when he scored his first collegiate goal with 3:31 to play before halftime.

After the break, the Hornets wasted little time leveling the scoreboard, netting their third goal of the game with 12:27 to play in the third.

Cabrini responded immediately, as Thorp returned the lead to the Cavs with his first goal of the day.

The Hornets seemed to take control of the game midway through the third period when they tallied three goals in a three minute span to take a 6-4 lead, the first two goals coming just 20 second apart.

The Blue and White entered the fourth quarter trailing 6-4. Ninety seconds into the final stanza, Thorp cut the deficit in half with his fifth goal of the season.

With just over 10 minutes remaining, Cabrini took advantage of a Lynchburg penalty, as Hill found Leyden in the man-up situation to tie the score at 6.

Five minutes later, another Hornets spurt shocked the Cavaliers. Lynchburg scored two goals in 11 seconds to take an 8-6 lead with 5:02 on the clock.

The Blue and White cut the deficit to 8-7 with 26 seconds on the clock when Hill converted a long pass from junior JoJo Cooper into his eighth goal of the season.

Sobieski and sophomore Corey Elmer controlled three ground balls each, while defensemen senior John McSorley (Ridley) and Andrew Kvech added two apiece. Cooper caused two turnovers on the day.

Freshman Anthony DiNenno (Avon Grove) won nine of his 18 faceoffs and controlled six ground balls. Junior Erick Zarzecki recorded 10 saves between the pipes.

Swarthmore 13, Widener 10

Ian Lukaszewicz and Zach Belden each had two goals and an assist and Max Hubbard scored twice as the Garnet (2-0) surprised host Widener (0-3).

Five goals from junior Josh Fox (Lower Merion) were not enough for the Pride.

Widener looked to have control with six straight markers bridging the third and fourth quarters to open a 10-7 lead with 12:07 remaining. Fox netted the last three goals to close his scoring with junior Ryan Eidenshink (La Salle) getting a goal and two assists.

But the Garnet (2-0) went off for six goals in a span of just over five minutes for the win. Wes Marcik tied things with 6:36 left and Belden scored the first of his two straight with 5:54 remaining to give Swarthmore an 11-10 lead. Jonathan Molloy closed the scoring for Swat.

Junior Johnny Casey (Abington) scored twice for Widener.

Belden and Ian Lukaszewicz each had two goals and an assist, Patrick Hackeling went 13-for-20 on face-offs and Michael Brockaway made 10 saves for the Garnet, who outshot the Pride 12-5 in the fourth quarter.

St. Lawrence 7, Haverford 6

A three-goal second period staked Haverford to a halftime lead over St. Lawrence University, but the Saints rallied in the third then held off the Fords for a win in a non-conference battle at Bronxsville High School.

Haverford (0-3) scored all three of the second period’s goals to overcome a first period 2-1 St. Lawrence (1-0) lead. The Saints, however, netted the first two scores of the third quarter to tie the score and steal back the momentum.

Phillip Valliant’s third goal of the day allowed Haverford to slow the Saints roll and wrest back the lead but St. Lawrence notched the next three goals and held off the Fords for the win.

Adding to Valliant’s offense were Christian Clay (Lawrenceville School), with two goals, and Jake Maldonado who scored the game’s final goal. Pierson Fowler led the St. Lawrence attack with three goals.

In the defensive ends, goalkeeper Joe Banno registered eight saves for the Fords while the Saints’ Jack Nuland finished with five second-half saves and the win after coming on in relief of Jeff Goeke following the halftime break.

Ursinus 10, Messiah 6

Senior midfielder Jeff Ocampo scored four goal goals and added in an assist as Ursinus (2-0) tuned up for their showdown with top-ranked Salisbury on Wednesday with a win over Messiah (1-2).

Ocampo scored four straight goals for Ursinus, bringing the Bears from down one (3-2) to up two at 6-4 with 9:33 left in the third quarter.

Freshman attack Mark Stratton (Manheim Township) and sophomore midfielder Shawn Caven (Pennsbury) each added two goals, while freshman midfielder Jake Weber (Manheim Township) and freshman attack Mike Neal had two assists in the win.

Caven finished the day 13-for-20 on faceoffs, while grabbing a team-high nine ground balls.

Heath Kupecky (Upper Merion) had two goals and one assist for Messiah.

Eastern 8, Hood 5

Even though it held a 27-11 advantage in shots through three periods, Eastern (1-1) needed four goals in the fourth quarter to win at Hood College (1-4).

Grant Ferguson recorded two goals and two assists in the win.

DeSales 12, Immaculata 9

Sophomore Evan Burns (Conwell-Egan) scored four goals and added two assists leading DeSales to a win over Immaculata in a non-conference opener.

Joey Shallow (Lower Merion) had three goals and a assist for the Macs (0-2).

Albright 22, Penn State Abington 0

Albright coasted in its first-ever home game, as 13 different Lions scored goals in a rout of Penn State-Abington.

In a well-rounded effort, no Albright player scored more than three goals. Philip Potter and Dan Foote had hat tricks, with Potter adding four assists. Nicholas Pisko (Abington), T.J. Holston, A.J. Woytko, Andrew Poitras and Justin Brown each scored twice.

Catholic 11, Gwynedd Mercy 5

Senior Craig Trueblood and sophomore Roy Bakeoven (Archbishop Ryan) each had a goal and an assist, but the Griffins could not shake off a slow start.

Alvernia 13, Wells 4

The winning Crusaders were led by junior attacker Paul Tarnacki. In his breakout game, Tarnacki tied a school record with six goals and assisted on one. Wells College didn’t have an answer for the junior transfer student as he netted three of his six goals in the first quarter.

Alvernia’s defense, led by Jake Buzby (Bishop Shanahan) and Dan Frantz (Lansdale Catholic), held the Well’s attack to 22 shots and forced 27 turnovers.

Neumann 9, Frostburg 8

Mike Pantalone scored four goals for the Knights, including the game-winner. Ryan O’Kane (Ridley) tallied two goals and Sam Maldou (Sun Valley) notched two helpers.

Scranton 8, Muhlenberg 7, 4 OT

Junior attacker Taylor Nelson (Downingtown East) settled it, scoring a goal off of a play set up by sophomore midfielder Mike Deliberti to lift the Royals to a marathon victory. Scranton, which trailed 7-4 entering the final period of play, received four goals from senior midfielder Mike Rufo (Haverford School). Junior goalie Ben Worthington (Archbishop Wood) made a career-high 20 saves, including one in the first overtime period and two in the second overtime period.

Goucher 13, Randolph-Macon 5

Rory Averett (Council Rock North) had three goals and two assists and Matt Lynch ( la Salle) had two goals and three assists for Goucher.

Division II

Mercyhurst 17, Chestnut Hill 5

Mike Melnychenko scored twice for the Griffins (1-1), who were handily beaten by the No. 1 Lakers.

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