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Men’s roundup: Eastern wins in OT, Nostrant claims first college coaching victory; Gwynedd Mercy, Ursinus, Swarthmore, Neumann, Rosemont triumph

Thursday, 17th March 2022

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/17/21
From Press Release

Christopher Fanelli (Pennridge) scored eight seconds into overtime to lift the Eastern men’s lacrosse team to a 13-12 win over host DeSales Wednesday night. Fanelli’s overtime heroics were necessary after the host Bulldogs (3-2) scored five of the final six goals of regulation to force the extra period. Eastern held a 10-5 lead early in the third period, and the Eagles were up 11-7 with twelve minutes left in regulation.

After DeSales tied the game at 12 with 1:24 to play in regulation, the Eagles (2-4) put together a solid final possession and earned the ball to start the overtime period after a tripping penalty was assessed with eleven seconds to play.

Christopher Fanelli: GW goal

With a play called in the huddle, Jake Gottshalk started with the ball in the middle of the field and the Eagles up a man. The junior midfielder started to run the play, but read that the DeSales defense was anticipating the motion and slipped a pass to Fanelli on the crease. The rookie attack caught the ball and slipped a shot past the goalie for the win.

Avery Porter had three goals and three assists and Nicholas Fanelli (Pennridge) had three goals and two assists. His helper to his younger brother midway through the first was his 100th career point. That goal proved to be the only Fanelli-Fanelli combination of the day.

Washington College 17, Widener 7

Brady McFalls (Boyertown) had four goals and three assists and host Washington College used an 11-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 15-5 lead on its way to a win over visiting Widener at Chestertown, MD.

With the win, former Haverford School coach John Nostrant (Class of ’86) picked up his first win as head coach of the Shoremen. Nostrant won 500 games as a high school coach, nearly all in his 28 years at Haverford, where he built a national power and amassed two mythical scholastic national titles (undefeated teams in 2011 and 2015), two PA state titles and won 490 games and 14 Inter-Ac League championships.

Gabe Velasquez (Appoquinimink-DE) won a career-best 15 face-offs in 18 attempts and picked up a personal-high six ground balls as the Shoremen won 21 of the game’s 28 face-offs.

For Widener (1-5), Connor Heisman (Bishop Shanahan) had two goals and one assist while Matt Buckley and Zach Politarhos (Strath Haven) each had two goals.

Gwynedd Mercy 15, Bryn Athyn 5

The Griffins (2-2) made a strong opening statement with a 6-0 first quarter and added to their advantage with a 3-1 second quarter; the 9-1 (2:10) halftime lead was more than enough distance.

Sophomore midfielder Tyler Long (Downingtown West) was a consistent contributor as he finished with five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a caused turnover. Sophomore midfielder GianLuca Lockhart (Washington Township-NJ) was a strong supporter with four points (2 goals, 2 assists), five ground balls, and four caused turnovers.In goal, senior Aubron Swartley earned the win with 10 saves.

Ursinus 13, Stockton 7

An overpowering second half led the Bears to a win over Stockton.

With the win, the Bears improved to 3-3 overall and snapped a two-game skid. Meanwhile, the Ospreys of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) fell to 2-2 overall.

Ursinus sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Singer earned the win after an outstanding showing with 15 saves. Tyler Neal led the Bears’ offense with five points behind four goals and one assist while Erik Ojert (Central Bucks West) recorded three goals.

Swarthmore 14, Delaware Valley 5

The Garnet moved to 3-0 at Clothier Field Stadium as an offensive outburst in the opening half against Delaware Valley catapulted the Garnet to victory.

Led by three goals from Ben Schaeffer and Michael Hardiman, the Garnet knocked led from start to finish of the non-conference battle. Nine different players found the back of the net for Swarthmore.

Brett Ziegler (Camden Catholic) had three goals for DelVal (1-5).

Neumann 12, Utica 4

The Knights earned their third win in a row for the second time this season with a wire-to-wire victory over visiting Utica University.

Eight different Knights scored in the win, led by two-goal performances from Drew Conlon, Mike Kiley, Rich Marshall (Perkiomen Valley) and Sam Nice (Perkiomen Valley). Kyle Daly led the team with seven ground balls, while Jake Marchiafava (Salesianum School) was excellent in goal with 13 saves in the win.
Rosemont 12, Purchase 8

Stephen McLaughlin (Kingsway Regional-NJ) scored four goals for Rosemont (3-4).

Albright 12, Immaculata 8

Wilmington 13, St. Michael’s 9

Wilmington stormed out to a large lead before having to hang on down the stretch in a nonconference victory over visiting Saint Michael’s. The Wildcats (2-3) used a 6-0 advantage in the second quarter to open an 11-2 halftime lead.

Jacob Herman had three goals and three assists and Logan Stinson added three goals and two assists for Wilmington, which has been receiving votes in the national rankings.

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