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Men’s lacrosse: Swarthmore defeats Haverford College, 10-9, in triple overtime on Selverian (Garnet Valley) goal

Sunday, 22nd April 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/22/12
From Press Release

It was a thrilling victory for the Swarthmore College men’s lacrosse team, as junior Steve Selverian (Garnet Valley) notched the game-winning goal in the third overtime to cap a 10-9 victory over rival Haverford College on Saturday afternoon.

Swarthmore was carried by sophomore Jonathan Molloy, Selverian and freshman Ian Lukaszewicz, who each scored two goals. Sophomore Daniel Kowalyshyn, scored a goal and recorded an assist. Molloy assisted Selverian on the game-winning goal.

Selverian contributed a strong defensive performance in the midfield as well, leading the team with five groundballs.

Freshman Geoff Geppert scored three goals for the visiting Fords.

Swarthmore led through the whole first half, after two early goals in the first period. Sophomore Brendan Conway scored just five minutes in, and Molloy netted his 11th of the season to put the Garnet up 2-0.

Swarthmore conceded just one goal to senior Will Sangree. Lukaszewicz would score an additional goal to put Swarthmore up 3-1 heading into the second period.

Haverford and Swarthmore would each net three goals in the second period. For Swarthmore, Lukaszewicz netted his second of the day, while Selverian scored, along with senior Max Hubbard, his 11th on the year.

Two goals from Haverford’s senior Henry Lanier, in addition to junior Jake Maldonado, made the score 6-4 at the half.

Just at the start of the third period, the Garnet found itself a man-up and took advantage. Senior John Bukawyn scored to the put his team up 7-4, just two minutes into the period.

However, Haverford would prove the better team for the remainder of the period, netting two goals, from Geppert, while keeping Swarthmore off the scoreboard.

In the fourth, Haverford stayed hot, tying up the game a minute and a half in. The game was knotted until just under the 10 minute-mark, when sophomore Daniel Kowalyshyn scored to put Swarthmore up 8-7.

Haverford responded decisively as sophomore Christian Clay (Lawrencville School), tied up the game 40 seconds later, and just a minute and a half after that, Geppert scored his third of the day to put his team up for the first time in the game, 9-8.

It appeared as though as all hope was lost for the Garnet as they headed into the waning minutes of regulation down 9-8, but Molloy scored the tying goal with just over a minute to play to tie the game 9-9 and send it into overtime.

Haverford falls to 3-4 in the conference and 5-8 overall while Swarthmore improves to 2-5 and 5-9.

The Fords trail McDaniel College (4-3 CC) by a game but defeated the Green Terror earlier in the regular season. Both teams have one league game remaining. Franklin & Marshall College (4-4 CC) is a half game ahead of the Fords, but Haverford defeated the Diplomats in a head-to-head match-up so if the Fords and Dips — whose conference slate is complete — end up in a tie, Haverford would gain the tie-break edge, as it would if the Green Terror and Fords end up with the same conference record.

Swarthmore would eventually sneak away with the win after three periods of overtime, Selverian scored the game-winner and Molloy was credited with the assist.

Defensively Haverford’s goalie, senior Joe Banno made eight saves on the day, and Swarthmore senior Michael Brockway made 13 saves, three of which came in overtime to keep the Fords off the board.

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