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Wednesday’s men’s D3 roundup: Eastern edges Ursinus; Immaculata, Swarthmore triumph

Thursday, 15th March 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/15/18
From Press Releases

Eastern University Men’s Lacrosse scored three times in a four minute stretch to erase an 8-7 fourth-quarter deficit and beat the visiting Ursinus College Bears, 10-9, in a non-conference game between local rivals. Sean Fechter (Pennridge) led the way for the Eagles with four goals.

Things went as planned for the Eagles in the early going as they built a 7-3 lead with two minutes to play in the first half. Fechter had three of his goals in that early run, and the Eagles got single tallies from Jake Billera (Parkland), Mark Buannic, Trent Ashton, and Hassan Mackey as they built the four goal edge. Mackey’s goal, the last of the first half for the Eagles, came on a left-handed shot from distance that ticked the underside of the cross bar on the way into the goal.

All of this scoring came in spite of the Eagles being dominated at the faceoff X. Ursinus won 10-of-13 duals, and the Bears scored their first two goals directly off faceoffs. The Eagles were able to overcome the loss of possession with good defense and flawless clears. Eastern was 7-for-7 clearing in the first half and finished 16-of-17 for the game.

Bobby McClure (Haverford High) led Ursinus (1-4) with two goals and two assists and Peter DeSimone had two goals and an assist.

The Bears grabbed a little momentum with a 30th minute goal to close the gap to 7-4.

The third quarter was one the Eagles would like to forget. The Bears scored four times to grab the lead. The Eagles had five turnovers and no shots on goal in the period.

“I thought that fourth quarter might have been the end of us,” Head Coach Kevin Wallace said after the game. “But we gathered ourselves and figured it out. I think our schedule has forced us to be tough, and we showed some good toughness to come back.” The Eagles had played three teams in the top 20 in their first five games, and had been within a goal of two of them late in the game.

Today, the Eagles got the goals when they needed them. Trent Ashton scored his second of the day to tie the score at 8-8 with 8:22 to play. The freshman attack beat the Ursinus goalie and the shot clock for his second of the day and sixth of the season. Fechter then put the Eagles up with his fourth of the day on a low shot from the right alley. Fechter missed several games in the early part of the year with an injury he suffered in the opener. His presence in the midfield gives the Eagles more ability to score from distance.

The Bears won the ensuing faceoff, but Kadeem Colburn got the shaft of his stick on a Gerard Brown shot and Jameal Hadeed (Parkland) reacted well to the crazy bounce and beat the Ursinus attack to the spot to earn possession with less than five minutes to play. Billera then found Matt Auletti coming up from goal-line-extended on the right side. Auletti fired a bounce shot over the Ursinus goalie for a 10-8 lead with four minutes to play.

The Bears scored to close the gap, but the Eastern defense stood strong in front of Hadeed and did not allow another good chance the rest of the way. Hadeed finished with 12 saves. Cole Millard had a pair of caused turnovers, including one with less than a minute to play

Immaculata 15, Alvernia 6

Seniors Mike Reardon (West Deptford-NJ) and Brain Shultis combined for 11 goals and 19 points to lead Immaculata over Alvernia Wednesday night. The win snaps the Macs’ three-game losing skid and gives them their first road win of the 2018 season.

Kyle Roche (Bethlehem Freedom) was dominant in faceoffs on the night, winning 16-of-23 attempts, while Steven Long (Downingtown West) pitched in two goals in the effort.

Swarthmore 9, Plattsburgh 5

Freshman FOGO Ryan Izquierdo had a dominating performance for the Garnet, recording 14 faceoff wins on 18 attempts and grabbing the ground ball on nine of those tries.

John Calia was a stalwart in net, recording 15 saves in the the win.

Dylan Rittenhouse (Downingtown STEM), Austin Chang and Cam Marsh all scored a pair of goals. Jake Ross (Strath Haven), Zander Levitz and Jack Belluche each added a goal as well.

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