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Philly D1 men’s roundup: @LehighLacrosse bows to Loyola; @DrexelMensLax, @LafayetteMLAX fall

Saturday, 28th February 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/28/15

The 20th ranked Lehigh men’s lacrosse team outscored #14/15 Loyola 5-2 in the third quarter to pull even after 45 minutes of play, but the Greyhounds scored all three fourth-quarter goals to down the Mountain Hawks 11-8 in an early-season Patriot League showdownon Saturday.

Loyola won 16-of-21 faceoffs and turned that into a 47-29 edge in shots. Senior goalie Matt Poillon was stellar to give the Mountain Hawks a chance for their first-ever win against the Greyhounds, finishing with a season-high 16 saves.

Saturday featured a rematch of the 2014 Patriot League Championship Game. The Greyhounds outscored the Mountain Hawks 2-1 in the first quarter and 4-2 in the second, but a big third quarter gave Lehigh a chance going down the stretch.

Senior Dan Taylor led the offense with three goals and one assist to reach 24 points through four games (11 goals, 13 assists). He now has 98 career goals as well. Junior Billy Oppenheimer (Germantown Academy) tied a career high in goals (2) and points (3), including the game-tying goal in the third quarter. Senior Alan Henderson tallied three points (one goal, two assists).

Junior Casey Eidenshink (La Salle) led the defense with five groundballs to go with a caused turnover. Senior Lukas Mikelinich tallied a groundball and two caused turnovers.

Oppenheimer opened the scoring less than one minute into the game, but Loyola’s Nikko Pontrello (St. Augustine Prep, 2 goals, 1 assist) answered less than a minute later. With 10:29 left in the first quarter, Zach Herreweyers scored his first of six goals on the afternoon, making it 2-1 which stood as the score after one quarter of play.

Taylor ended a stretch of 12:34 without either team scoring, and 16:16 without a Lehigh goal, evening the score at two early in the second quarter. The teams traded goals over the ensuing minutes before the Greyhounds ended the half on a 3-0 run, with Herreweyers scoring all three goals, to make it 6-3 after 30 minutes of play.

The Mountain Hawks came out of the locker room with a vengeance as Henderson scored on the extra man just 49 seconds into the third quarter before senior Kurtis Kaunas (Parkland, 2 goals) pulled his squad within 6-5 just minutes later. The teams traded goals until late in the third when Taylor took it himself from behind the goal, pulling Lehigh within 8-7. There was a delayed penalty and the Mountain Hawks converted on the ensuing man-up. Oppenheimer made an impressive catch of a Taylor feed in traffic and fired a shot past Loyola goalie Grant Limone to make it 8-8 with 1:13 left in the third quarter.

The Greyhounds had possession through most of the beginning stages of the fourth and converted when Herreweyers scored his sixth to make it 9-8 Loyola with 12:31 remaining. Loyola added goals at 7:19 and 1:35 for a 11-8 lead. The Mountain Hawks actually held an 8-7 shots advantage in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t pull any closer.

Ian Strain (Episcopal Academy) also scored for Lehigh.

Army 14, Lafayette 3

Jason Sands scored twice and Mac Gallager (Shipley School) tallied once for the visiting Leopards (1-2) in the Patriot League.

Senior John Glesener scored a natural hat trick to put the game out of reach as the ninth-ranked Black Knights shut out Lafayette in the final 30 minutes to improve t 4-1.

Maryland 12, Drexel 3

Matt Rambo (La Salle) scored twice, Casey Ikeda (Conestoga) had three caused turnovers and Bryce Young (St. Augustine Prep) scored once for the Terps in the victory.

The Dragons jumped out to a quick lead, scoring two goals before three minutes elapsed in the game. Joe Rainoldi opened the scoring at the 12:56 mark when he put home a feed from Robert Frazee. The Dragons’ Nick Saputo won the ensuing face-off and just 30 seconds later, sophomore Cole Shafer set up Mitch de Snoo for a goal, making it 2-0 Drexel.

That would be the last Drexel goal for quite some time. The Dragons would be held off the board until the final minutes of the game.

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