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Men’s D3 roundup: Taylor (@ryanraiderslax) gives @widenermlax a win, @DelValMLax edges Immaculata

Sunday, 6th March 2016

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/6/16
From Press Release

Senior Tim Taylor (Archbishop Ryan) found the back of the net in the last minute of regulation to propel the Widener University men’s lacrosse team to an 11-10 victory over Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon at Leslie C. Quick Stadium.

With the game deadlocked at 10-10, Widener successfully cleared the ball and set up its offense with a minute remaining and a golden opportunity to score a go-ahead marker. Working from the left side, senior captain Marc LaVine found Taylor down low to put the Pride up by one with 47 seconds left.

Despite losing the ensuing face-off, Mary Washington forced a turnover and had one last chance to send the game into overtime by quickly clearing the ball to the other end. Owen Dingman’s attempt, however, went wide, and Widener survived to pick up its first win of the season.

The entire game was tightly contested and neither side led by more than a goal throughout the contest. Even though Widener got on the board first on a strike by junior Tyler Schulte (Seneca, NJ), the Eagles led for most of the first half by drawing penalties and cashing in on a pair of man-up opportunities. Davis and Noah Dewey each scored with the extra player with 4:41 left in the first and 13:24 remaining in the second before Dewey tallied another score at even strength to make it 4-3 and keep the Eagles ahead.

Widener, however, fought back and netted three unanswered goals between the second and third quarters to gain control. Freshman Drew Amsley registered his first career marker by finishing a pass from classmate Brady Franks to knot the score at 4-all heading into the break, and LaVine followed by unleashing a rocket that landed in the upper 90 of the net at the 13:27 mark of the third to allow the hosts to seize the momentum. The strike by the senior captain gave the Pride a lead they would never relinquish.

Senior Tyler McClary came up with 10 saves in the cage for Widener, which was outshot by a 47-31 margin in the contest. LaVine finished with four points on one goal and three assists, which included setting up the game-winning marker, while Taylor, Schulte and Amsley each netted two goals apiece.

Delaware Valley 9, Immaculata 8

The Aggies evened their record on the season after jumping out to a 9-4 lead and holding on.

DelVal improved to 1-1 on the year and the squad will next take a trip to Winchester, Virginia to battle Shenandoah University on Wednesday, March 9.

The Aggies struck first as freshman PJ Rafferty (Avon Grove) began a big afternoon with an unassisted tally just 67 seconds in. Immaculata (0-4) tied it up two minutes later, but Rafferty set up junior Alex Manderack (Radnor) for a goal and sophomore Nick Shendge (Upper Merion) followed with a tally of his own for a 3-1 DelVal lead after the first quarter.

The Mighty Macs tied the game with a pair of goals in the first 93 seconds of the second. Back came the Aggies with three straight goals. Rafferty connected for back-to-back tallies to complete a hat trick and Shendge added his second goal of the game. Immaculata’s Mike Reardon scored later in the half as DelVal took a 6-4 lead into the break.

The third quarter was all Aggies as they held a 9-2 advantage in shots and found the back of the net three times in those 15 minutes. Freshman Austin Sensenig opened the scoring in the quarter and fellow rookie Jordan Smith (Quakertown) followed six minutes later. Rafferty got his fourth and final goal of the day with 35 seconds remaining in the quarter.

The Mighty Macs gave DelVal a scare as they struck four times in the fourth, the last coming on a Christian Fisher (Interboro) goal with 47 seconds left. However, Matt Tordone (Owen J. Roberts) won the crucial faceoff after Fisher’s tally and the Aggies were able to run the clock out for the win.

Tordone dominated the faceoff circle all afternoon as the freshman won 14 of 19 draws. Tordone also had seven ground balls as DelVal had a 24-17 advantage in that category.

Rafferty finished with four goals and one assist for a five-point afternoon. Shendge had two tallies while Sensenig ended with one goal and two helpers for three points. Sophomore Danny Smith (Oakcrest, NJ) added seven ground balls and four caused turnovers on the defensive end. Senior goalkeeper Jon Fogarty notched his first collegiate win as he recorded 10 saves, including four critical stops in the fourth quarter when Immaculata put the heat on in its comeback attempt.

Fisher and Brian Shultis had two goals apiece for the Mighty Macs with Shultis also adding two assist. Jake Kemble had four ground balls and Christian Custodio stopped 10 shots in net.

Bates 12, Wesleyan 11, OT

Max Breschi (Carlisle) had 2 goals and 5 ground balls for No. 8 Bates. For Wesleyan Ted Bergman (Strath Haven) had 20 saves, Jake Cresta (Hatboro Horsham) had one ground ball and on caused turnover, and Jared Jacobs (Conestoga) won 13 of 25 face offs and had a game high seven groundballs.

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