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Men’s D1 roundup: Lehigh, Penn, Villanova fall to top-ranked teams

Saturday, 15th February 2020

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/15/20
From Press Release

Matt Moore (Garnet Valley) had three goals and two assists, Peter Garno (Haverford School) had a goal and an assist and Dox Aitken (Haverford School) scored once as No. 1 Virginia toppled visiting Lehigh, 12-8, today in non-conference action.

Jeff Conner (Strath Haven) added an assist for the Cavaliers.

Tommy Schilling had three goals and an assist, Ryan Klose scored three times and James Spence (Springfiekld-Delco posted 14 saves in goal for the Mountain Hawks.Conor Gaffney (Lenape) won 8 of 15 faceoffs and Mike Sisselberger (Southern Lehigh) was 4 of 8 for the Hawks.

Lehigh made it a game in the second quarter, scoring three-straight goals to cut UVA’s lead to two goals, 6-4. Christian Mule’ scored with 8:44 left in the first half to finish off the run. Lehigh didn’t score again for the next 22:54 and UVA began to put the game out of reach, staking claim to a 9-4 advantage with 2:40 left to play in the third quarter. Goals by Moore and Kraus to start the fourth quarter solidified the UVA lead, 11-5, with 9:14 left to play as the Cavaliers held on for the victory.

Maryland 17, Penn 15

The Quakers had everything going their way through the first 38 minutes of Saturday’s game at Maryland. The Quakers were getting big numbers from their top guys, goals were coming in bunches, and senior face-off man Kyle Gallagher (18 of 35) was doing his thing on the X.

When Sean Lulley scored an unassisted goal with 7:02 left in the third quarter—his team-leading fourth of the game—Penn’s lead was 15-9 and it looked like the Red and Blue might finally get its first win (in 16 tries) over the blueblood Terps.

Instead, No. 4 Maryland (3-0) – which overcame a five-goal, fourth-quarter deficit to win in overtime at Richmond last weekend – turned on the afterburners. The Terps won faceoffs. They scored goals. They took advantage of Penn penalties. In all, they scored eight goals—two in a 57-second span in the third quarter, then six across just 7:18 of game time in the fourth.

Junior Lulley led Penn with four goals and two assists for six points on Saturday. Sophomore All-American Sam Handley picked up where he left off from his historic freshman season, scoring Penn’s first goal just 42 second into the game and ending the day with three goals and two assists.

Sophomore Dylan Gergar also had three goals and two assists and senior Adam Goldner (Malvern Prep) scored two goals and dished out two assists, extending both his goal-scoring and point-scoring streaks to 26 games dating back to the 2018 season.

Kyle Long (Springfield-Delco) had a goal and an assist for the Terps and Jake Smith (Avon Grove) had an assist.

High Point 16, Drexel 15

High Point scored four straight goals in the fourth quarter to edge Drexel in the Dragons season-opener. Matt Varian had six points to lead the Dragons, while Reid Bowering and Collin Mailman each scored four times.

Drexel broke a 12-12 tie with a pair of extra-man goals in the fourth quarter. Varian got the first one just 1:20 into the final period and Bowering made it a two-goal game with 7:43 to play. However, the Panthers (1-2) scored the next four goals to take a 16-14 lead with 2:45 to go.

The Dragons did not go quietly and came within inches of tying it up. Ryan Genord made a nice dodge toward the cage from the wing and rifled a shot past High Point goalkeeper Parker Green with just 1:19 left. Trailing by one score, Drexel’s Jimmeh Koita won the face-off clean and headed towards the goal. Koita gave Bowering a pass on the doorstep, but the All-American candidate’s shot that would have tied the game, hit the post. The Panthers came up with possession and picked up their first win of the year after losing to both No. 4 Maryland and No. 7 Duke.

Varian finished the day with three goals and three assists as he continued to move up Drexel career assist and scoring lists. Varian now has 68 career assists which puts him in ninth place all-time at the school. He passed Colin Ambler (Abington) and Ryan Belka on that list this afternoon. Varian also moved past Ben McIntosh in career points. The senior now has 146 career points.

Yale 18, Villanova 12

Colin Crowley had three goals and four assists and Connor Kirst had four goals and one assist while Corey McManus added three goals and one assist for the Wildcats. Dan Fisher (St. Joseph’s Prep) won 5 of 13 faceoffs vs All-American TD Ierlan.

For Yale, Bryce De Muth (Avon Grove) and Brett Mallee (La Salle) paced the defense as De Muth had a groundball and a caused turnover and Mallee had two groundballs.

Brody Wilson (Downingtown East) had 13 saves in goal for Yale.

UNC 24, Lafayette 8

Seven different Leopards scored, but No. 8/9 North Carolina claimed a big win in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Maroon and White hung with one of the top teams in the country for the majority of the first half, trailing by just five at the break, 11-6. But runs of 3-0 and 11-0 in the third and fourth quarters broke it open for Lafayette’s third loss of the 2020 campaign, keeping the Tar Heels undefeated at 3-0 this season.

Sophomore Andrew Robbins was the Leopards’ lone multi-goal scorer with a pair as Lafayette boasted balanced scoring. Evan Lotz (Malvern Prep), Macklin Fitzpatrick, Cole Dutton, Bryan Hess, John Natoli and Brian Collins all recorded a scoring tally, while Collins added a pair of assists for a team-high three points.

Caton Johnson (Manheim Twp) had six saves in a half’s work to gain the win.

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