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College roundup: @UrsinusMLAX clinches 2nd spot; @CabriniMLAX clinches first; WCU women win

Thursday, 23rd April 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/23/15
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Ian Desenberg scored four goals as the Ursinus men’s lacrosse team overcame a slow start to cruise to an 11-5 victory Wednesday over visiting Haverford College. The Bears also solidified their place in the CC Tournament with the Second Seed.

Ursinus College's Steve Smyrl (Garnet Valley) had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win (Photo by Alan Simpson)

Ursinus College’s Steve Smyrl (Garnet Valley) had a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s win (Photo by Alan Simpson)

The win moved Ursinus to 11-2 overall, their most in school history, and 6-1 in the Centennial Conference, their most in conference history. The Bears return to the playoffs for the second time in school in history, the other playoff appearance coming in 2011, and for the first time will host a CC playoff game.

The Fords came out swinging taking the early 1-0 lead when Alejandro Vega (Cheswick, PA) found the back of the net after nearly 10 minutes of scoreless lacrosse. However, the Fords lead did not last long as freshmen midfielder Ian Desenberg (York, PA) knotted the game at 1-1.

The Bears started to pull away in the 2nd quarter when they ran off four straight goals to end the 1st half capped off by senior midfielder Jake Weber’s (Lititz, PA) 19th goal of the season to extend Ursinus’ lead to 5-2.

Ursinus dominated the second half start to finish as they outscored Haverford 6-3. Desenberg would tally two more goals in the second half to complete the hat trick and leave the game as Ursinus’ leading scorer.

Junior goalie Brian Neff (Lititz, PA) anchored a tough defense turning aside shot after shot to finish the game with 9 total saves.

Cabrini 20, Immaculata 4

The Cabrini men’s lacrosse team closed its regular season with a bang, scoring a 20-4 victory at Immaculata.

The No. 16 Blue and White’s sixth consecutive win improves the club to 11-5 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. The victory also extends the team’s conference win streak to 94 games.

Fifteen Cavaliers marked the scoring column in the win, led by freshman James Magnani (St. Mark’s, with six points on four goals and two assists, while junior Ethan Heisman (Henderson) totaled five points, pairing two goals and three helpers.

Junior Evan Downey added three points on a goal and two assists. Seniors Mike Leyden (haverford High) and Tyler Johnston (Ridley) joined junior Cole Campbell (Emmaus) with a goal and an assist, while junior Sebastian Kerslake (Henderson) netted two goals.

Washington College 10, Swarthmore 9, OT

Washington College scored twice in the final 10 seconds of regulation and got a golden marker from Tyler Powers 3:09 into the extra session to record a stunning 10-9 overtime victory over Swarthmore.

Swarthmore got a go-ahead goal from freshman Sam Sokota and what was believed at the time to be an insurance marker from senior Andrew Preiser to go up 9-7 with 2:52 left, but the Shoremen fought back at the end of regulation. With eight seconds on the clock, Powers sliced the lead in half to make it 9-8. Michael Trapp then won the ensuing face-off and then found Stephen Goff, who made a quick pass to Stephen Luck for the equalizer with just 0.6 seconds on the clock to force overtime.

In the extra session, Washington College (6-8, CC 5-2) won the face-off and maintained possession for the entire extra session. After four shot attempts were unsuccessful, Sam Birnbaum found Powers for the decisive goal with 51 seconds on the clock to put an abrupt ending to a thrilling contest which featured four ties and four lead changes.

Preiser paced Swarthmore with two goals and two assists, while junior Will Black and freshman Matt Johnson also found the back of the net twice. Washington College was led by Luck, who netted five goals including the game-winning marker. Jackson Szurley made seven stops between the pipes for the Shoremen and Garnet sophomore Cole Fox made a career-high 17 saves.


West Chester 11, PIU Post 10, OT

Hannah Cowan (Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy) scored with three seconds left in the game to lift 15th-ranked West Chester to an 11-10 victory over ninth-ranked LIU-Post in a non-conference women’s lacrosse match.

West Chester (11-4) increased its winning streak to six straight with the upset over LIU-Post (12-3). The win also halted a two-game winning streak for the Pioneers in the series between the two lacrosse powerhouses. West Chester’s last win over LIU-Post came in the 2012 regular season at home. LIU-Post still leads the all-time series 9-7.

LIU-Post’s Jenna Pierro was issued her second yellow card of the game with 1:33 left in the contest and West Chester clinging to a 10-9 lead. However, the Pioneers forced a turnover with 57 seconds left and called a timeout. Out of the timeout, LIU-Post’s Honey Roche tied the game with 28 ticks left while Pierro was still in the box.

The Rams’ Erin Scheno won the ensuing draw control to gain possession for the hosts, who led for all but 25 seconds of the match. Cowan took a pass from Ashley Pyle (Garnet Valley) and buried her shot with just three seconds left in the game, sending the Rams’ bench and WCU faithful into a frenzy.

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