Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/23/19
Cabrini scored five consecutive second quarter goals and rode the first half cushion to an 11-8 victory at No. 15 University of Lynchburg.
With the win, No. 8 Cabrini improved to 2-0 on the young season, while the host Hornets fell to 1-2.
Seniors Jordan Krug (Cherokee) and Timmy Brooks (Haverford School) paced the Blue and White, netting three goals each. Krug also added a pair of assists. Junior Jakob Klein (Wilson) matched Brooks’ three points, tallying two goals and a helper.
Senior goaltender Riley White (Plymouth Whitemarsh) earned the victory after recording 12 saves. Juniors Tommy DeLuca and Robert Cressman anchored the defensive effort. DeLuca paired a career high six caused turnovers with four ground balls, while Cressman forced three Lynchburg miscues.
Sophomore Luke McCallion (Haverford High) went 9-18 at the faceoff spot, scooping three ground balls.
Lynchburg opened the scoring, but its lead lasted just seconds, as Klein evened the score just 31 seconds later. The junior put the Cavaliers ahead with his second goal at the 4:12 mark of the opening quarter.
The Blue and White looked to carry its lead into the second frame, but surrendered a goal with nine seconds left in the stanza, leveling the score after 15 minutes.
Cabrini took control of the action in the second quarter, as a goal by junior Tyler Kostack (Marple Newtown) sparked the Cavaliers on a 5-0 run. Krug, Brooks and classmate Bill Morgan (Marple Newtown) also marked the scoring column, as Cabrini pushed its lead to 7-2 with 4:40 left until the half.
Ursinus 10, Mary Washington 9, 2 OT
The No. 20 Bears mounted a giant comeback that culminated in a thrilling double overtime win at Mary Washington.
The Bears (2-0), who turned heads with a comeback victory at nationally-ranked Stevenson last week, put together another rally for the ages to start the Gary Mercadente era in tremendous fashion. Sophomore attack Hakan Atillasoy (Harriton) sent the Bears home winners after his unassisted goal at the 3:08 mark of the second extra session. It was the Bears’ first double overtime contest during the regular season since 2010.
Locked at 9 after a scoreless first overtime, Ursinus won the faceoff on a violation and capitalized with a brilliant individual effort from Atillasoy. The sophomore took on his defender from X and used an inside roll to gain separation for a crease dive that proved to be a golden goal.
Atillasoy came up huge for the Bears as he poured in a game-high four goals and assisted on another, helping to complete a turnaround that saw the Bears trailing 6-1 late in the second quarter and by two goals with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
Mary Washington (0-2) went ahead 3-0 just over six minutes into the game. Atillasoy scored Ursinus’ first goal from a delivery from DeSimone to close out the first quarter’s scoring. DeSimone netted a hat trick and two assists to match Atillasoy’s team-high five points and move him up the all-time program charts; he now stands fourth in school history with 88 career goals, and 13 points in the first two games has DeSimone within one of tying Jake Weber ’15 for fifth with 137 points.
A streak of three Mary Washington scores to open the second quarter expanded the Eagles’ edge to 6-1 with 6:21 to go until halftime. The Eagles scored six times on just seven shots on goal in the opening two quarters.
Ursinus chipped away at the deficit by scoring twice before intermission. Atillasoy’s unassisted second tally got the Bears’ off a 15-minute scoreless drought. To close the half on a strong note, DeSimone fired one in from senior midfielder Sam Isola with under two minutes to go.
The Bears picked up where they left off coming out of the locker room. Ursinus shut out Mary Washington in the third quarter while scoring three times to tie the game 6-6 heading into the last quarter. In total, Ursinus ran off a 5-0 run bridging halftime.
Less than six minutes into the third, Atillasoy notched his third goal of the game from a DeSimone helper. Junior Bobby McClure (Haverford High) tickled the twine, then junior defender Luke Nachazel joined in on the scoring party courtesy of Atillasoy to knot the score.
Two minutes into the fourth, Chris White found the back of the net while on the man advantage. White’s score was the Eagles’ first goal since he scored at the 6:21 mark of the second quarter.
DeSimmone ripped one in to even it 7-7 not long after, but Shane McKenzie’s goal put the Eagles back on top with 7:29 remaining. McKenzie scored three times and added a pair of assists to lead Mary Washington.
Cole Hogan gave the Eagles a two-goal cushion but it wasn’t for too long before the Bears struck back to force overtime. DeSimone’s third tally with under two minutes to go was followed by junior midfielder Evan Scott’s game-tying goal after a dodge and dish from Isola with 1:20 left.
The Bears took two shots and the Eagles registered one in the first overtime but there was nothing doing.
Ursinus senior keeper Nick Kirk made six saves.
Swarthmore 12, Widener 6
Junior Austin Chang and freshman Will Vespole paced the Garnet (2-0) with four goals a piece. Chang also dealt out a pair of assists and Vespole delivered three helpers.
Jake Ross (Strath Haven) added a pair of Swarthmore goals, and Zander Levitz and Talbot Child each scored a goal as well. In goal for the Garnet, Frankie Dillon recorded 11 saves.
Freshman Luke Ingersoll led Swarthmore with six ground balls. Defenders Patrick McAnally and Griffin Soriano each caused four turnovers.
For the Pride (0-2), Connor Ball scored twice and Sean Gibson won 8 of 13 faceoffs.
Eastern 8, Haverford 7
Sean Fechter (Pennridge) scored with 11 seconds left to lift the Eagles. Trent Ashton added two goals and an assist.
First-year Wyatt Feinberg led the Fords with two goals and an assist.
Gwynedd Mercy 8, Lycoming 7, OT
Ryan Simpson (Upper Darby) scored in overtime for his fourth of the game to lift Gwynedd (2-0).
Moravian 12, Delaware Valley 6
Senior attack Mark Laratta scored six goals including the 100th of his career to lead the host Greyhounds to a non-conference victory.
Neumann 14, Pfeiffer 6
The Knights won their second consecutive game to open the season on Saturday evening in North Carolina.
Eric Conlon led the Knights on the evening with four goals, while Drew Conlon, Rich Marshall (Perkiomen Valley), Chris Bellon and Chris Augustine (Garnet Valley) all tallied twice. Jack Newswanger (St. E;izabeth, DE) continued his domination in the face-off circle (15-of-19 FO’s and 14 GB’s) and Brendan Risley (Ridley) made an outstanding 21 saves in goal.
Muhlenberg 16, Scranton 15
Freshman Matt Marrella (Wilson) took a pass from classmate Cooper Richards and netted his third goal of the game, giving Muhlenberg a thrilling win.
Rosemont 16, Mt St. Vincent 6
Ben Koszelak had six goals to help Rosemont to an easy win in its opener.
Chestnut Hill 17, Wheeling Jesuit 9
Junior attack Scott Wilden erupted for nine goals to lift CHC to a 2-0 start.