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Men’s D1 roundup: Tough day for Philly teams as Lehigh, Delaware, Lafayette, Drexel fall

Sunday, 15th March 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/15/15
From Press Release

Navy scored six of the game’s first seven goals and four of the last five to hand the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team a tough 13-12 loss on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. In between, the Mountain Hawks outscored the Midshipmen 10-3, but it wasn’t enough.

Senior Dan Taylor led the Lehigh offense with six points behind four goals and two assists while classmate Patrick Corbett had three goals for his second hat trick in as many games this season.

Gave Voumard (St. Augustine Prep) had three goals for Navy and TJ Hanzsche (Malvern Prep) added a goal and an assist.

Navy controlled possession for much of the game, winning 21-of-27 faceoffs which proved critical, especially in the Mids’ strong start and finish. With the loss, Lehigh falls to 2-5 and 1-3 in Patriot League play while Navy improves to 5-3 and 3-1 in the league. Three of the Mountain Hawks’ losses have come by just one goal.

Corbett added an assist for four points on the afternoon. Junior Reid Weber (Germantown Academy) tallied two goals and an assist as the starting attack accounted for nine goals and four assists. Senior Kurtis Kaunas (Parkland) led the midfield with two goals and an assist. Junior Casey Eidenshink (La Salle) was stellar on defense, tallying six groundballs (to tie a career high) and two caused turnovers.

Leading 2-1, the Midshipmen scored three goals in 14 seconds, the last two coming directly off faceoff wins, to take a 5-1 advantage with 9:54 on the first-quarter clock. Navy made it 6-1 just over a minute later.

Lehigh bounced back nicely, scoring three of the final four first-quarter goals. Corbett scored on the extra man then Taylor added consecutive tallies to pull within 6-4 with 1:46 remaining.

Navy scored with 27 seconds left in the first to make it 7-4, but after almost seven minutes without a second-quarter goal, Kaunas pulled Lehigh within 7-5. After trading goals, junior Billy Oppenheimer (Germantown Academy) took a great feed from Weber to pull the Mountain Hawks within 8-7 with just one second on the clock.

Lehigh came out of the locker room on fire as two straight goals from Corbett tied the score then gave the Mountain Hawks their first lead of the game, making it 9-8 with 7:53 remaining. Just under three minutes later, an unassisted tally from Taylor made it 10-8.

Kaunas’ second goal with 13:02 left in the fourth quarter made it 11-9, but Navy responded less than one minute later, which helped spark a 4-0 run. The Mids took the lead back with 4:25 on the clock then made it 13-11 with 3:38 remaining.

With just under one minute to go, Lehigh had a six-on-four man advantage which led to a great point-blank opportunity from Corbett, but Navy goalie John Connors made the big save. Eventually, Weber corralled a groundball and converted a long, tough-angle shot. That pulled Lehigh within 13-12 with four seconds remaining, but it proved to be too little, too late.

Rutgers 17, Delaware 12

Brian Kormondy had three goals and three assists and Tom Holland added three goals and one assist while Paul Major (Spring-Ford) scored twice for the Hens (3-5) in the loss. Beau Jones (Germantown Academy) added a goal and an assist, four groundballs and three caused turnovers and Jared Horsoski (Malvern Prep) had two groundballs and two caused turnovers.

UMass 12, Penn State 8

Billy Lombardi had a career game for the Penn State men’s lacrosse team going 14-22 at the face-off ‘X’ and scoring his first collegiate goal, but the Nittany Lions were unable to overcome a five-goal third quarter for UMass and fell to the Minutemen.

TJ Sanders scored a pair of goals, while Dan Craig, Nick Aponte), Mike Sutton (St. Augustine Prep), Tanner Peck (Avon Grove), Lombardi and Drake Kreinz each added tallies for the Nittany Lions (3-4). Defenseman Ryan Guittare (Garnet valley) had five groundballs and two caused turnovers and middie James Chakey (Haverford School) added four groundballs.

Boston University 17, Lafayette 8

Adam Schaal (La Salle) had two goals and two assists and Ryan Hilburn (Malvern Prep) scored twice for BU. Greg farris (Southern Lehigh) added an assist.

Lafayette’s Kevin Lewis netted a pair of goals and an assist to lead the attack. Erik Cannon scored his first goal of the season and also led the defense with a pair of ground balls and two caused turnovers. Eric Joseph added a goal and an assist for the Leopards. Matt Cortese made 12 saves in the setback.
The Maroon and White moved to 1-5 overall this season, while the Terriers improved to 5-2.

St. John’s 10, Drexel 9

Senior co-captain Stefan Diachenko scored four goals and Mark DiFrangia (La Salle) led the defense with five groundballs as St. John’s improved to 2-5 this season while the Dragons (2-5) were dealt their first defeat in the last three games.

Drexel, whose four losses entering Saturday had all come at the hands of teams either ranked or receiving votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches Poll, got five points on two goals and three assists from midfielder Jules Raucci and four points each from attackman Cole Shafer and Ryan Belka. The Dragons outshot St. John’s, 42-39, committed 18 turnovers and saw goalie Jimmy Joe Granito record nine saves.


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