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Division III men’s roundup: @CabriniMLax tops No. 9 Lynchburg; @Eastern_MLax, @UrsinusMLax gain victories

Sunday, 2nd March 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/2/14

The No. 7 Cabrini men’s lacrosse team defeated No. 9 Lynchburg College, 16-11, Saturday at Georgetown as junior Mike Leyden (Haverford High) matched a career high with five points and three goals.

Senior Corey Elmer and juniors Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) and Anthony DiSanzo added four points each. Sobieski tallied four goals on the day, while Elmer and DiSanzo paired two goals and two assists each.

Freshman goaltender Hank Altschuler (Lower Merion) anchored the defensive zone, recording nine saves for his third career win in as many games. Senior Bill McCabe (Spring-Ford) forced three Hornets turnovers, while fellow senior JoJo Cooper scooped three ground balls.

Sophomore Austin Stewart led Lynchburg (1-2) with four goals in the loss.

Widener 8, Swarthmore 3

Sophomore Kyle Gratz scored three goals for host Widener in a win over the Garnet.

Gratz scored two straight goals bridging the first and second quarters, giving Widener a 2-1 lead early in the second. After Brendan Conway netted his second of the contest for the Garnet with 9:40 remaining, the Pride took off for their first victory of the season.

Freshman Wade Dickey (Moorestown) opened the burst with 6:13 to play in the half off a feed from freshman Nick Striebich for a 3-2 Widener lead. Senior Robert Clemens (Sun Valley) ended the scoring in the half with an unassisted marker for a two-goal lead.

Widener controlled play throughout and that continued into the third quarter. Sophomore Mike McIlwee picked up a loose ball and scored early in the period for a 5-2 margin. Sophomore Tim Taylor (Archbishop Ryan) then tallied off Clemens’ feed with 11 seconds remaining for a four-goal cushion.

Gratz completed his hat trick early in the fourth for the Pride, who posted a 32-17 shots edge and forced the Garnet into a stunning 27 turnovers.

Sophomore Marc LaVine (Nashua, NH) also scored, Clemens dished two assists and sophomore Richard Carrier won 6-of-10 face-offs for the Pride (1-1). Senior All-America Mac Nestler amassed six saves.

Jonathan Molloy also scored, Ian Lukaszewicz had two assists, Mike Selverian won 5-of-10 face-offs and Jonathan Cohen totaled 13 saves for the Garnet (0-2).

Eastern 8, Haverford 7

Eric Waibel (Avon Grove) had four goals, including the game-winning goal, as the Eagles (3-0) edged the Fords (0-2).

With the game tied at 7-7 with 1:18 to play, Waibel received a nice pass from roommate JC Hofmeister near the right pipe, isolated his defender and buried the go-ahead goal.

Eastern also won 14 of 18 face-offs behind the combined efforts of Matt Lee (Cherry Hill East, 8 of 10) and Joe Palo (Hatboro-Horsham, 6 of 8).

Waibel put Eastern on the scoreboard 90 seconds into the start of the game, but the Fords leaped ahead of the Eagles with four consecutive first-quarter goals.

Bryan Geotz netted his first goal as an Eagle with 4:18 to play in the first, but Haverford’s Chris Christensen snuck his third goal of the game past Eagles’ goalie Pat Groschan (eigth saves) with 13 seconds left in the quarter. Christensen led the Fords with four goals.

The Fords went up 6-2 with 8:43 to play in the second quarter, taking their largest lead of the game. Haverford’s goalie Eric Caliendo denied six Eastern shots on goal in the second quarter alone en route to a 16-save day, but Eastern’s Grant Ferguson found a way to get past him with 4:17 remaining in the second. Ferguson followed that up with another goal midway through the third quarter, cutting Eastern’s deficit to 6-4. Ferguson leads the Eagles with 16 goals through three games this year.

Waibel pulled Eastern within one after getting an assist from Blake Bennett with 7:01 to go in the third. Five minutes later Waibel received a pass from Dave Darling in the middle of the field and cranked the powerful left-hand shot past Caliendo to knot the game at 6-6.

With 10:44 left in the fourth, Eagles’ defender Jordan Norris successfully cleared the ball just in time and set up Andy Jameson for the goal. Jameson’s tally, the fifth-straight Eagles’ goal, gave Eastern its first lead since the opening goal.

However, the Fords snapped out of their scoring funk with Christensen’s fourth of the game at 7:38, tying the game at 7-7.

The Eagles looked for the go-ahead goal with a shot by Bennett with 90 seconds to play, but Caliendo made the save. The shot bounced in front of the net where a scrum for the ground ball developed. Ferguson worked his way into the mix and recovered the ground ball, giving Eastern another chance to go for the lead. Ferguson found Hofmeister who found Waibel in the one-on-one on the right wing. Hofmeister, making his first appearance of the season, picked up the assist as Waibel flushed the game-winner.

Ursinus 15, Messiah 2

The Bears opened their 2014 season with an easy victory.

The Bears broke open a 3-1 game with eight goals in the second quarter and then kept Messiah scoreless over the last 34:23 of the game en route to their victory.

Ursinus got four goals each from junior attack Steve Smyrl (Garnet Valley) and junior midfielder Jake Weber (Manheim Township), with Smyrl also accounting for two assists. Senior midfielder Nile Thompson (Lower Merion) scored twice for Ursinus, who had a 48-22 shot advantage.

Defensively, Ursinus scooped up 30 ground balls and went 15-for-17 on clear attempts, while forcing 21 Falcon turnovers. Four different players had three ground balls each, with senior Shawn Caven (Pennsbury) going 12-for-18 on faceoffs.

Sophomore longstick midfielder Anthony Torello (Kennett) had three caused turnovers on the day.

In goal, sophomore Brian Neff made five saves.

Ursinus will host Widener on Wednesday.

Scranton 12, Muhlenberg 6

Senior attacker Gus Sturm (Conestoga) scored three goals and the Royals scored six straight goals in the fourth period to roll past Muhlenberg.

Senior midfielder John Gregitis (St. Joseph’s Prep), junior attacker Will Mahle and sophomore midfielder Alec Mikrut added two goals and an assist each as Scranton evened its record at 1-1.

The Royals led 6-1 at halftime behind a pair of goals by senior midfielder Matt Tibbits and a goal and an assist from Gregitis. But the Mules (1-3) scored twice in the third period while holding Scranton scoreless, then scored early in the fourth to draw within 6-4.

That’s when Mikrut scored to spark a 6-0 run that was capped by three straight goals by Sturm in the span of 82 seconds that put the game away.

Albright 11, Arcadia 3

Albright held Arcadia to just six shots on goal.

Five of the Red and White’s 11 goals came from freshmen, including a hat trick from rookie Andrew Potter. Potter also won 5-of-6 faceoffs and picked up six ground balls. Classmate Cam Cetrone added two goals, while freshman Derek Stump (Exeter) totaled three assists.

Defensively, junior Joe Devinney (Springfield-Delco) caused three turnovers and picked up five ground balls. Senior Jordan DiZenzo made three saves in goal.

Elizabethtown 10, Neumann 7

The Knights fell to Elizabethtown in non-conference action.

Ryan Eber led the Knights with five goals Alex Becker (Mt. Pleasant, DE) made 13 saves in net.

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