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Men’s lacrosse: Widener, Eastern win, gear for playoffs; Ursinus triumphs, but is knocked out of playoffs

Sunday, 27th April 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/27/14
From Press Releases

Tim Taylor (Archbishop Ryan) had four goals and Mark La Vine added three while Robert Clemens (Sun Valley) dished five assists as host Widener defeated Elizabethtown, 12-7, Saturday in a Commonwealth Conference game Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium.

Widener (9-5, 7-1 CC) headed into Senior Day already possessing the second seed for next week’s conference tournament. Elizabethtown (7-8, 3-5) was bounced from contention for the five-team field with the loss.

Clemens raised his career total to 107, still fourth best in school history. Sophomore Richard Carrier (Naperville, IL) won 11-of-15 face-offs and had eight ground balls with senior All-America Mac Nestler (Chatham, NJ) making 14 saves for the Pride.

Widener on Thursday hosts third-seeded Albright (10-5, 6-2) in the conference semifinals next Thursday at 8:00 pm. It marks the third straight year these teams will play in the conference tournament with the Pride winning the two previous meetings.

The margin was 6-4 Widener at halftime before junior Kyle Blakemore (Ridley) scored 72 seconds in for a three-goal lead. The Blue Jays would not go away, getting tallies from Mike Specht and Craig Hunsberger for a 7-6 contest with 6:35 to play in the third.

Widener than gathered itself and received goals from La Vine and sophomore Kyle Gratz (Worthington, OH) just 90 seconds apart for a 9-6 cushion at three-quarter time.

Eastern 20, DeSales 3

Eastern secured the top seed in the upcoming Freedom Conference Tournament with a convincing win over the Bulldogs. Dave Darling scored twice and set up six others as the Eagles built a 15-1 lead midway through the third quarter.

DeSales entered the game with a chance to snare the top seed from the Eagles with a win, but the defensive-minded Bulldogs saw their hopes dissipate quickly as the Eagles scored four times in the first five minutes. DeSales had allowed just over five goals per game in the league coming into today. The Eagles led 6-0 before the guests registered a shot with 77 seconds to play in the first quarter.

The Eagles will host FDU-Florham on Tuesday. The Devils earned the fourth seed with an 8-4 win over Arcadia. King’s became the third seed when the Devils won. Had Arcadia won, Misericordia would have been the third seed and King’s would have been left out.

Game time will be announced today

Ursinus 16, Muhlenberg 9

The Bears won, but lost out on a Centennial Conference playoff berth.

The Bears improved their record to 9-6, 5-3 in the Centennial Conference. Ursinus needed a win by McDaniel over Gettysburg to slide into the final spot in the playoffs. In a game that came down to the wire Gettysburg topped McDaniel 16-15 knocking the Bears out of the playoffs.

Steve Smyrl (Garnet Valley) and Logan Panaccione both led the Bears with 3 goals each and Smyrl added two assists.

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