Phillylactrosse.com, Posted 4/6/16
From Press Release
Sophomore Lou Harrison (Ridley) rung up his first career hat-trick for No. 19/15 Ursinus (9-1), which equaled last season’s 10-game start and tied a seven-game run in 2009 for the longest unbeaten stretch in program history. The Bears, who won their fourth straight against Eastern, can establish new school records in both categories with a victory over Washington College next Wednesday.
Eastern (5-5) but got on the board first, the Bears clawed back with a three-goal run to close the opening period. Junior Matthew Cioeta (Sun Valley), freshman Peter DeSimone, and Harrison found the back of the net for Ursinus; Harrison’s, on a feed from classmate Ian Desenberg with 2:08 left in the quarter, was his first goal in four games.
After the Eagles limited Ursinus to a single tally in the second period, after which the home side trailed just 4-3, the Bears came out of intermission with a vengeance. Freshman Sam Isola’s unassisted strike less than a minute into the third ignited a four-goal stretch – which also included a man-up marker from Desenberg in addition to scores by Harrison and sophomore Gerard Brown – that handed the Bears plenty of breathing room.
Eastern stopped the bleeding with a goal at 4:17, but the respite was brief. Desenberg struck just 20 seconds later, and Brown set up Harrison for his third of the day and a 10-4 lead late in the third. Seniors Steve Mussoline and Patrick O’Donoghue potted fourth-quarter goals as the Bears came home with their fourth consecutive road victory.
Tim Lamb led the way with three goals and Mark Buannic contributed two goals and an assist for the Eagles, who fell to 0-3 against Centennial Conference competition this season; Eastern also lost to Swarthmore (8-6) and Gettysburg (10-6).
O’Donoghue scored for the second straight game, the first time in his career that he registered goals in back-to-back contests, and added three ground balls and a caused turnover to the Ursinus cause.
Desenberg finished with two goals and an assist and Brown posted two assists to go with his 10th goal of the year. Desenberg now has 22 points, needing only eight games to match last season’s total, which he reached in 17 appearances.
DeSimone (two goals) and Isola (goal, assist) tallied two points apiece for the Bears, who had the advantage in shots (37-23) and ground balls (27-23) and gained possession on 14 of 23 faceoffs thanks to the continued excellence of senior James Fairchild, who went 13-of-21 and snagged four ground balls.
Senior goalkeeper Brian Neff logged seven saves between the pipes, and Jameal Hadeed stopped 12 shots for Eastern.
Cabrini 19, Gwynedd Mercy 3
Senior Ethan Heisman (Henderson) matches a season high with five goals, while freshman Matt LoParo added five points on two goals and three assists to lead Cabrini (8-3, 3-0 CSAC) to a 19-3 win at Gwynedd Mercy.
Bowdoin 14, Bates 10
Daniel Buckman (Lower Merion) scored once and Sam Denious (Haverford School) had a groundball as the Polar Bears blitzed Bates for seven goals in the fourth quarter en route to an impressive win. It is another win over a ranked opponent for the 13th-ranked Polar Bears, who rolled to their eighth consecutive victory and improve to 8-1 (5-1 NESCAC). The sixth-ranked Bobcats fall to 8-2 (4-2 NESCAC) with the setback.
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