Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/7/18
Behind a huge third quarter and a huge night from Elliott Shevitz, the Ursinus College men’s lacrosse team topped McDaniel, 10-7, on Friday night for its first Centennial Conference victory.
Shevitz piled up a career-high 22 saves – the most by an Ursinus goalie since 2012 – and the Bears outscored the Green Terror by a 5-1 count in the third period to extend their winning streak in the series to six while simultaneously snapping a six-game overall skid.
McDaniel (4-7, 0-4) had erased a 4-1 deficit with three straight goals before freshman Hakan Atillasoy (Harriton) scored with 2:57 to go before halftime, putting the Bears ahead to stay. Atillasoy finished with a career-high four points on two goals and two assists.
Sophomore Evan Scott (Upper Dublin) and senior Ian Desenberg scored within the first 88 seconds of the second half to put Ursinus (2-8, 1-3) up 7-4, and senior Peter DeSimone deposited a feed from Atillasoy to help double up the Green Terror with 8:10 remaining in the third quarter. Micah Brooks stopped the Bears’ run with one of his three goals for McDaniel, but Atillasoy scored a mere four seconds later on an assist by sophomore Bobby McClure (Haverford High) and then set up Desenberg to polish off a dominant frame.
Balance was the theme of the night for Ursinus, which had five players record at least two points. McClure finished with two goals and an assist, DeSimone had a goal and two helpers, and Desenberg and classmate Lou Harrison (Ridley) posted two goals apiece.
Senior Tim Miller and sophomore Nolan Sachs (Manheim Twp) recorded two caused turnovers each for a defense that squelched all six of McDaniel’s man-up opportunities.
Freshman Aiden Baltz (St. Augustine Prep-NJ) was a force in the faceoff circle, going 15-for-20 and racking up 13 ground balls, his third game with at least ten grounders.
Arcadia 9, Albright 8
Sophomore Austin Williams (Notre Dame-NJ) registered five points to lead Arcadia past Albright Friday night. The win marks the first time in program history that Arcadia had taken down the Lions.
Arcadia moves to 5-3 on the season, with a 1-2 MAC Commonwealth record. Albright dips to 3-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
“It was a great team win on a short week,” said Arcadia coach Nick Taylor. “We knew conference wins would be tough to get, and I’m happy that we could grind one out tonight.”
Clo Muscara finished with four points on three goals and one assist for the Knights. Brady Manion (New Egypt-NJ) added three points with two goals and an assist. Senior A.J. Beck picked up the win, while making 15 saves.
Widener 18, Hood 2
The Pride used a strong effort on both sides of the ball, downing the Blazers on Friday night for its second straight win.
Twelve different players scored for the Pride with Gavin Kirkwood, Kyle Groark (Delran-NJ), Kevin Kerby, Nick DiIorio (Haverford High). Pax Gismondi (West Deptord-NJ), and Timmy Certeza each scoring twice. Gismondi and Certeza added an assist to their respective lines to lead Widener with three points each.
The Blue and Gold dominated in the faceoff circle 18-5 with Anthony Paone (Central Bucks South) winning 13 of his 15 attempts.