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Philly grads Messerle, Demmerly, Annunziato lead Goucher to first win over McDaniel

Thursday, 3rd March 2016

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

Goucher played fellow Maryland D3 program McDaniel in the sport of men’s lacrosse for the first time back in 1992.

The two in-state rivals met annually for five years, but when the Green Terror won each of the first five head-to-head encounters by at least 10 goals, the series was put on hold for 17 years.

There have been nothing but one-goal games since the series resumed in 2013, but McDaniel continued to come out on top every time and opened up an 8-0 edge in the all-time series.

The two teams met again tonight and, yes, they were once again separated by just a goal at the conclusion of the contest. This time, however, it was the Gophers who had the extra goal.

That extra goal was supplied by Michael Morgan. The senior midfielder, who also scored a pair of goals in the second period, broke a 6-6 deadlock when he tallied an unassisted goal with just 1:04 left to play.

McDaniel did win the ensuing face-off and Goucher’s 7-6 triumph wasn’t guaranteed until Matt Messerle (Spring-Ford, 12 saves) stopped a shot by Timothy McNichol with :09 showing on the clock. It was the sophomore goalkeeper’s 12th save of the game.

Morgan’s game-winning goal was his team-leading sixth of the young season for Goucher (2-1).

With Owen Demmerly (Shawnee, NJ, 2G, 1A, 2GB) answering a goal by Troy Becker that had given the Green Terror (0-3) an early 1-0 lead, the first quarter ended with the teams even at a goal apiece.

McDaniel got a goal and three groundballs from Zach Monzo (Spring-Ford).

The Gophers (2-1) turned a one-goal deficit into a 4-3 advantage in the second period with a pair of extra-man goals that came just 49 seconds apart. Demmerly assisted the one Morgan scored that created the 3-3 tie and then stuck the one that put head coach Brian Kelly’s squad back in front.

Exactly three minutes into the third quarter, Goucher saw its lead grow to 5-3 thanks to a goal by Conner Annunziato (Bayerd Rustin) that was assisted by Morgan. McDaniel got off 11 shots in the period, but added only one goal to its total and still trailed 5-4 after three periods.


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