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Men’s D2 roundup: Widener coasts; Eastern rolls, DeSales edges Arcadia

Sunday, 21st March 2021

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/21/21
From Press Release

The Widener University men’s lacrosse team downed the Lebanon Valley Dutchmen in a conference matchup on Saturday afternoon. The Pride advances the 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the MAC Commonwealth.

Connor Heisman

Connor Heisman (Bishop Shanahan) led the scoring by netting five goals and dishing three assists, marking his 14th career game with three or more goals.
Nick DiIorio (Haverford High) picked up five points off three scores and two assists.
First year Matt Buckley (Moorestown) recorded his first career hat trick, finding the back of the cage three times and picking up four ground balls.
Junior Zach Politarhos (Strath Haven) netted his first career goal late in the fourth quarter.
The Blue and Gold dominated the face-off circle, winning 23-of-29 (79.3 pct.) face-offs on the day. Adam Oldrati (Garnet Valley) went 7-of-10 and Kenneth Watts went 11-of-13. Both players scooped a team-high five ground balls a piece.

The win marks Widener’s 13th straight against Lebanon Valley.

Eastern 17, Albright 9

Eight different Eagles scored goals as Eastern ran to a win at Albright in the first MAC Commonwealth contest. Connor Bachman scored four times to pace the Eagles.

Neither team scored in the opening ten and a half minutes, but the pace of the game changed with the Eagles scoring five times in the final 4:12 of the first. Kyle Mulrane scored twice in the burst. David Thomas, Bachman, adn Chris Durning (Ridley) also added tallies. The Lions who had scored after the Thomas goal to pull within a goal at 2-1 also added a tally with 19 seconds left to go to the quarter break down 5-2.

The Eagles (2-1, 1-0 MAC Commonwealth) also won the second by a 5-2 margin. Bachman opened the frame with a goal from Kyle Fanelli (Pennridge) and Adam Booz (Souderton) scored from Mulrane. Mulrane made it 8-2 when he completed his hat trick in a man-up situation off a pass from Nicholas Fanelli (Pennridge). Avery Porter and Kyle Fanelli scored the final two goals of the first half.

Eastern had a 25-13 edge in shots and won 14-of-16 faceoffs. Anthony Firmani won all nine of his first-half battles at the x. While the Lions won 6-of 14 faceoffs in the second half, the first-half dominance from Firmani and Patrick McClain gave the Eagles the extra possessions to win.

Nicholas Fanelli got on the board on a man-up chance to start the second half, and the Eagles built their edge to 14-6 with six minutes to play in the third quarter on Nicholas Fanelli’s second of the day. That goal came directly off a faceoff win from McClain.

Durning finished with a game-high 11 ground balls, and Baker forced three turnovers. Ethan Myers made 13 saves to secure the win.

DeSales 14, Arcadia 12

Senior Matt Motto (PaulVI-NJ) scored a career-high nine points (5g, 4a) leading DeSales past Arcadia in an MAC Freedom game.

Records: DeSales (3-0; 2-0 MAC Freedom); Arcadia (2-2, 1-1 MAC Freedom).

Top Bulldog Performers
Motto’s nine points are tied for the fifth most in a game in team history.
Senior Zach Bowen (Appoquinimink-DE) added four goals and junior Tom Connors had a goal and three assists for four points.
Sophomore Zach Broomall (Springfield-Delco) had two goals off the bench and sophomore Beau Neff (tatnall-DE) also scored.
Senior Colin Corrado (Gloucester Catholic-NJ) won 13-of-21 face-offs, added an assist, and had nine ground balls.
Freshman Quentin Lyons made 15 saves in net.
For the Foes
Brian Albertsen led the Knights scoring four goals and one assist for five points. Timmy Fyock was outstanding in goal making 17 saves, many of which were spectacular. Brady Manion (New Egypt-NJ) had three goals.

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