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Men’s D2-3 roundup: Swarthmore opens with win over Widener; Neumann, Rosemont, DeSales triumph

Sunday, 20th February 2022

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/20/22

It had been 714 days since Swarthmore College Men’s Lacrosse last took the field at Clothier Field Stadium, but the Garnet returned to action on Saturday in style as it knocked off local rival, Widener, 14-12, to open the 2022 campaign.

Joel Paulson: 13/15 FO


  • The Garnet took advantage of an early penalty by the Pride as Von Mabbs (4G, 2A) opened the 2022 season with a man-up goal. After earning a face-off victory, Joel Paulson took the ball down the field and scored the second goal for the Garnet. Swarthmore opened up to a 3-0 lead as Jackson Brosgol netted his first goal of the season.
  • Swarthmore outscored Widener 4-2 in the second quarter, as Mabbs tallied a pair of goals. Danny Lowe opened the second quarter with his first collegiate goal. With under a minute to play in the second, Ben Schaeffer (3G) notched his first goal as Swarthmore took an 8-5 advantage. A few seconds later, Mabbs gave Swarthmore a 9-5 edge into the half-time break.
  • In the third quarter, the offense took a little bit of a step back as the goalie stole the show. Jack Ballou stopped five shots in the third as the teams combined for four goals.
  • Under the six minute mark, Bryant Maits got the Pride within a goal of the Garnet at 12-11. Carter Strauch (3G) and Mabbs added back-to-back goals with under three minutes remaining in the contest to give Swarthmore a 14-11 lead.
  • Swarthmore won 21 of 30 faceoffs as Joel Paulson (Saucon Valley) was 13 of 15 and Will Bernstein was 8 of 14.

Nick DiCicco (Penn Charter) and Bryant Maits (West Chester East) each scored three goals for Widener (1-1) while Connor Heisman (Bishop Shanahan) and Jayce Dyer (Penn Charter) each scored twice.

Neumann 14, Virginia Wesleyan 9

The Knights opened their season in style on the road, picking up a hard-fought come from behind win over Virginia Wesleyan in non-conference action.

Drew Conlon (2 g, 1 a), Rich Marshall (1 g, 2 a, Perkiomen Valley) and Max Nice (2 g, 1 a, Perkiomen Valley) all recorded three point days, while Kyle Daly, Mike Kiley and Emmett Wexler all tallied twice. Brett McLaughlin (1 g, Interboro) led the team with seven ground-balls and three caused turnovers and Jake Marchiafava (Salesianum School) made 10 saves in goal for the Knights. John McGrath (Boyertown) also went 13-for-16 in face-offs in the win.

Rosemont 12, Alvernia 8

Navarro Blakes had three goals and an assist and Brandon Krausse (Sun Valley) had two goals while John Martinelli (Oxford) won 13 of 22 faceoffs for Rosemont (1-1)

DeSales 15, Stockton 14, OT

Senior Zach Bowen (Appoquinimink-DE) scored four goals, including the game-tying goal with 35 seconds left, breaking the all-time record for goals scored leading DeSales in its opener.

With the game tied at two, DSU scored four straight goals to take a 6-2 lead early in the second quarter. The Ospreys scored three straight to get within one (6-5) before the Bulldogs claimed an 8-6 lead at the half.

DSU led 10-7 before SU scored three straight to tie the game at 10 and the Ospreys scored six of seven goals between the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter to take a 13-11 lead. Back-to-back goals tied the game at 13 with 6:35 to go.

Stockton took a 14-13 lead with 1:16 left, but Bowen tied the game with 35 ticks left forcing overtime. In the overtime period, graduate student Jalen Holmes scored with 1:38 left giving DSU the win in the season opener.

Bowen finished with four goals and now has 138 career goals to rank first all-time. Sophomore TJ Herron had four goals and two assists and sophomore Pat Schuett added three goals and one assist. First-year Nate Perry had a goal and two assists and senior Sean Wiser had two goals. Junior Zach Broomall (Springfield-Delco) finished with 22 face-offs wins and 15 ground balls, adding one assist.

Dante Poli (Central Bucks South) led Stockton with three goals and two assists and Stanley Kolimago (Methacton) added two goals.

Gettysburg 16, Eastern 4

Gettysburg first-year head Coach Peter Toner eased into his coaching career with a dominating victory over Eastern on opening day.

Gettysburg’s Top Performers:
Kieran Ward ’22 (Malvern Prep): 3 Goals, 1 Assist, 5 Ground Balls
Brady McGovern ’24 (Salesianum School): 3 goals
Andy Marquet ’25 (Conestoga): 3 Ground Balls, 3 Caused Turnovers
Goalie Scott MacMillan ’22 (Conestoga): 9 Saves

Eastern’s Top Performers
Nicholas Fanelli (Pennridge): 2 Goals
Avery Porter: 2 Assists
Ethan Myers: 14 Saves, 4 Ground Balls, 2 Caused Turnovers
Patrick McClain: 8 Ground Balls, 12-19 Face-Offs

Stevenson 17, Ursinus 9

The 14th-ranked and host Mustangs controlled No. 20 Ursinus from the start in a wire-to-wire victory at Mustang Stadium.

Goalie Marc Poust (Hatboro-Horsham) posted 10 saves for Stevenson and Mitchell Lachman (Garnet Valley) scored once while Matt Wilson (Eastern Reginal-NJ) had six groundballs and three caused turnovers and Ed Masterson (Hatboro-Horsham) had three groundballs and two caused turnovers.

Erik Ojert (Central Bucks West) led the Bears with three goals while Eric Bauer (Archbishop Wood) and Tyler Falco (Lower Merion) posted two goals apiece. Junior Tyler Reilly added a team-high three assists for the Bears.

D2 – Wilmington 26, Chowan 4

The Wildcats started the 2022 season with a record-breaking victory against visiting Chowan.

The 26 goals are the most goals in a game in program history, now in its fifth year of existence. They also produced a record 69 shots in the game, culminating in the largest margin of victory in program history (22). Miles Crouse’s five assists also sets a new program mark on the individual side of the ball.

Giovanni Marino’s seven goals and nine points are second only to Dylan McCleaft’s eight goals and 11 points against Chowan on March 13, 2019.

Crouse also scored four goals. Keeshawn Bell and TJ Caton recorded hat tricks while Caton added an assist for four points. Jake Copio (Caesar Rodney) and Jacob Herman scored two goals and added two assists each in the game. Anton Mackey went 18-for-23 in the faceoff circle.

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