Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/7/20 – From Press Releases
Bobby McClure (Haverford High) marked another major milestone and the No. 8 Ursinus College men’s lacrosse team put its offensive arsenal on full display in a 20-8 victory over visiting Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday.
The Bears got points from 14 different players in storming out to an 18-2 lead and easily matching last season’s 6-0 start for the best since a 7-0 opening in 2010.
McClure finished with three goals and two assists (all in the first half), and his second helper of the day also doubled as the 200th point of his career. The senior is the 23rd player in Centennial Conference history to reach that number.
Ben Minardi (Perkiomen Valley) got the hosts off to a fast start in the first of four consecutive games on Patterson Field. The senior, who scored six goals in Wednesday’s victory at Montclair State and even made an appearance on Sportscenter’s Top 10 that night, beat his man and scooped in a shot for the first of his game-high four goals just 52 seconds into the contest.
McClure then found Erik Ojert (Central Bucks West) wide open in front of the cage for a quick finish and the rookie’s first collegiate goal.
The Titans (4-2) pulled one back, but Ursinus went on a rampage, pouring in seven unanswered markers over the remainder of the first quarter. Aaron Grill (Gov. Mifflin) scored on a high shot, then laid a pass off for a goal by Alex Dean (Haddonfield) before McClure fired home a rocket to make it 5-1.
McClure added another about a minute later and Dean did the same, loading up from distance and rifling home a laser into the top right corner. Tommy Reinhart (Wilson) deposited another assist from McClure to give the senior his milestone moment, and the Bears’ lead ballooned to 9-1 when Reinhart saved the ball from going out of bounds and passed over to Minardi for a low shot with five ticks left in the frame.
The nine goals were the most in a quarter in team history.
Ursinus kept piling on, scoring 16 seconds into the second stanza as Andrew Malicki corralled a loose ball off the opening faceoff and fired upfield for Rei Lopez (12 of 21 FO, Garnet Valley), who took the open space and netted his second goal of the season.
Hakan Atillasoy (Harriton) and McClure found the back of the net in short succession before Illinois Wesleyan finally stopped a 10-goal run, only for the Bears to spring into halftime with a 14-2 advantage following goals by Grill and Atillasoy.
Minardi, McClure, and Dean all recorded hat tricks for the Bears. Ojert, Grill, and Atillasoy each finished with two goals and an assist, while Reinhart dished out a career-high three helpers to go with his goal.
Parker Wolf (four caused turnovers, Manheim Township) and Chase Rondeau (three, La Salle) captained a fierce defensive effort that forced 22 turnovers and limited the Titans to a host of low-percentage efforts.
Swarthmore 19, Elizabethtown 12
The Garnet improved to 3-2 and has now won three straight. The Garnet scored five straight goals to open up the period – breaking a 7-7 tie – and never looked back.
Senior Jake Ross (Strath Haven) led Swarthmore with his second four-goal game in a row. Classmate Austin Chang added another hat trick for the third consecutive game.
Arcadia 21, Goucher 13
The Knights got out to a fast start offensively and finished strong in a high-scoring affair at Goucher. After trailing by one late in the third quarter, the Knights ripped off nine unanswered goals the rest of the way while shutting out Goucher in the final quarter.
Clo Muscara led with five goals and three assists, while Ryan Anderson, Brian Albertsen, and Wesley Sporer all finished the day with hat tricks. Brady Manion netted two goals and added four assists for six points in the effort.
Gettysburg 12, Widener 10
John Dunbar (Appoquinimink-DE) recorded his second straight hat trick for the Pride, which lost its upset bid against No. 12 Gettysburg and fell to 4-1.
Paz Gismondi (West Deptford) notched four points on a goal and three assists. Connor Heisman (Bishop Shanahan) and Connor Ball both found the back of the cage twice.