Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/2/15
From Press Release
Trailing second-ranked Gettysburg by five goals in the second quarter, the Ursinus College men’s lacrosse team mounted a furious comeback.
The Bullets (17-0), however, held on and defeated the Bears (13-3) 11-10 in the 2015 Centennial Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Shirk Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears got to within one goal three times but could not take the lead. Ursinus was appearing in its first Centennial Conference title game, and lost to the Bullets for the second time this season.
Ursinus got goals from nine different players, with junior midfielder Logan Panaccione scoring two goals, with senior attack Mark Stratton (Manheim Township) having three assists.
Gettysburg got four goals from Sean Fumai, and two each from Robby Maddux and Jameson Smith in the win.
Early on, the two teams traded goals as after Gettysburg scored, Ursinus got on the board with 11:22 left in the first when junior attack Tucker Noel scored a man-up goal on an assist from senior midfielder Jake Weber (Manheim Township).
Junior long stick midfielder Patrick O’Donoghue scored with 10:28 left in the first to tie the score at 2-all, while junior attack Steve Mussoline (Allentown Central Catholic) scored on a Stratton assist with 6:22 left in the first to tie the score again at 3.
From there, Gettysburg went on a 5-0 run to go up 8-3 with 4:50 left in the second.
Ursinus then got two goals before the half, with Ian Moore scoring with 3:03 left, followed by a goal from freshman midfielder Gerard Brown two minutes later to put the Bears within 8-5 at intermission.
Panaccione got his first goal of the game 1:08 into the second half to get Ursinus within two at 8-6, followed by a goal from Weber with 12:56 left in the third to get within one at 8-7. Stratton assisted on both goals.
Gettysburg one get one back at Bijan Firouzan scored with 4:47 left in the third for a 9-7 Bullets lead. Freshman midfielder Ian Desenberg scored two minutes later to put the Bears back within one at 9-8.
In the fourth, Fumai and Maddux scored back-to-back to give Gettysburg an 11-8 lead with 5:38 left. Ursinus then got goals from Steve Smryl (Garnet Valley) and Panaccione, the last one with 4:18 left, to put the Bears within one at 11-10.
In the final 4:18, Ursinus had three shots at the goal, with Panaccione’s being saved by Bullet goalkeeper Tim Brady with 3:19 left, followed by a shot from Stratton with 1:37 left that hit the post.
After Ursinus junior goalkeeper Brian Neff forced a turnover with 1:13 left, Ursinus got possession and got into their offense zone with 44 seconds left. Smyrl’s shot with 12 seconds went high, before the Bears turned the ball over as the clock expired.
Neff was amazing in goal, as he made 11 saves. The Bears outshot the Bullets, 37-35, and forced 17 turnovers.
Individually, sophomore defender Zach Jones and senior defender Cody Lefevre had two caused turnovers, while Jones picked up five ground balls. Junior faceoff James Fairchild (Malvern Prep) was 13-for-24 on faceoffs.
Ursinus will now wait for the NCAA selection show on Sunday night to see if the Bears receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Coming into this week, the Bears were ranked eighth in the south region.
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