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Men’s Division II/III: Eastern, Immaculata, Neumann, Widener, Chestnut Hill earn victories

Sunday, 14th March 2021

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/14/21
From Press Releases

The Eastern men’s lacrosse team (1-1) put together a complete performance in a dominating 18-3 win over Delaware Valley Saturday.

Eastern’s Chris Durning

Nine Eastern players scored goals, and the defense held Delaware Valley to only 14 shots through the first three quarters of the game. First year attackman Avery Porter finished with two goals and four assists to lead six Eagles who registered multi-point games.

The domination started at the faceoff X. With new rules requiring faceoff players to stand and play with a lacrosse grip, the game looks a little different. Patrick McClain took on a veritble host of Aggies and gave the Eagles a decided advantage at the X. While he finished 12-of-16, the Eagles quickly gained possession on immediate turnovers on the other two draws he took. His only pure losses on the day came on violations. Anthony Firmani, who for years has faced off with a knee down and a motercyle grip, won more than half of his draws as well.

With McClain winning at X, the Eastern offense was able to run at a rapidly tiring Aggie defense for the vast majority of the opening 50 minutes of the match.

The Eagles built a 5-0 lead before the Aggies found the cage with a minute left in the opening period. The Eagles then scored the next 13 goals on the way to an 18-1 lead. Nicholas Fanelli and Connor Killion both had hat tricks by halftime, and Nate Portrey had two of his three goals in the opening half hour. Kyle Mulrane put the Eagles up 10-1 with the final goal of the first half.

Eastern took advantage of their extra-man opportunities with four goals on five Aggie penalties.

The Eagles got two second-half goals from Kyle Fannelli (Pennridge) and single goals from Porter, Adam Booz (Souderton), Siam Owen, Mulrane, and Portrey,

Ethan Myers picked up the win in goal. Connor Evans (Interboro) and Kyle Dampman (Henderson) came on in relief. All three Eastern goalies made four stops and allowed on goal. Delaware Valley scored the final goal of the game with less than two seconds left.

Chris Durning (Ridley) finished the game with five caused turnovers and eight ground balls. Porter also had eight ground balls.

“We put it together today,” Head Coach Kevin Wallace (Avon Grove, Ursinus) said. “We had pretty much everyone available for practice all week, and we were able to execute against their aggressiveness early. We played with confidence and that grew as the game went on. Our goalies played really well and we won faceoffs. We are hoping to build on this.”

Immaculata 11, Wesley 6

The Mighty Macs (1-1) rolled in non-conference action, erasing an early first-quarter deficit.

David Azzarano (Radnor) logged eight points with three goals and five assists to lead the Macs in scoring. Jackson Fonseca-Webb (Roman Catholic) added our goals and one assist. Defenseman/facoff Bobby Bausman (Lansdale Catholic) won 13-of-20 faceoffs and had 12 groundballs as well as three caused turnovers while leading the defense. Sean Evans (Father Judge) contributed three goals and an assist.

In goal, Cole Metzger (Boyertown) played the majority of the contest making 14 saves while surrendering just six goals before being relieved by Matthew Kirkland for the final two minutes of the contest.

Neumann 18, Marywood 6

The Knights opened a promising 2021 season with a resounding win at Marywood.

Drew Conlon (8 g, 2 a) and Colin Blake (Springfield-Delco, 4 g, 5 a) were the offensive catalysts on the day for the Knights, while Brett McLaughlin (Interboro) also added three goals and seven ground balls. Jack Newswanger (St. Elizabeth-DE) was outstanding on draws, winning 21-of-28 face-offs on the day and Brendan Risley (Ridley) stopped 14 shots to pick up the win in goal.

Widener 26, Alvernia 5

The Pride improved to 2-0 with an easy win on Saturday night.

For Widener:
Nick Brennan (Kingsway Regional-NJ) led the offense with six goals.
Mike Kala’i (Archbishop Ryan) got his first collegiate points, scoring four times and adding an assist.
Matt Buckley (Moorestown) had a pair of tallies and seven ground balls.
Jayce Dyer (Penn Charter) scored twice for the Blue and Gold.
Jimmy Knepp (Central Bucks East) added two assists and a goal.
Sean Gibson won 8 of 10 faceoffs
Widener was a perfect 17-for-17 on clears.
The Pride launched 72 shots in the contest.

Division II

Chestnut Hill 13, Molloy 9

Chestnut Hill scored eight unanswered goals in the first 19 minutes of Saturday’s road contest.

Junior attack J.R. Howell, senior attack Carson Rees, and senior midfielder Ben Revak (Archmere Academy-DE) scored three goals apiece to lead the Griffins; Rees added three helpers to his hattrick to match freshman attack Jackson Melnick (2 goals, 4 assists) for a team-high six points.

Revak got the ball rolling with an unassisted score at 12:51 of the opening frame, 1-0. Rees (2-0, 11:55) and senior attack Scott Wilden (Wexford, Pa.) (3-0, 10:28) scored next two goals for Chestnut Hill College (2-1), who also enjoyed a Melnick goal (6-0, 1:11) in between a three from Howell (8:58, 5:59, 11:12 2QTR). His scores carried over to the second quarter where sophomore attack Nate Matthews goal pushed the Scarlet and Gold lead to 8-0.

But Molloy College (1-3) got back into the contest with a seven-goal run that bled into the second half, 8-7 (14:00, 3 QTR). A Melnick-Rees connection with 11:37 remaining in the third quarter was welcomed relief for Chestnut Hill College, who was not able to deter the Lions’ rally until Revak (13:49, 11:46) bookended a Melnick goal (13:18) at the start of the fourth quarter, 12-8 (11:46). A late trade of tallies left the final at 13-9.

Senior midfielder Nick Del Giorno led Molloy College with three goals on nine shots, and an assist. Two other Lions recorded at least two goals, the better was freshman attack Jason Rebaudo with an additional five ground balls. Freshman goalkeeper Adam Hyman recorded a dozen saves and a pair of ground balls in the loss (1-2).

Howell added an assist and a ground ball to his three scores. Rees added two ground balls to his six-point performance, while Melnick offered two ground balls and a caused turnover in addition to his. Revak recovered five ground balls, only to be outdone by graduate faceoff Zachary Ornstein, who won 22-of-24 (.917) in the circle and secured 17 ground balls. In goal, junior goalkeeper Jake Miller totaled 15 saves and three ground balls in the win (2-1).

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