No. 7 Dickinson Eventually Beats Swat
from press release
CARLISLE, Pa. - The No. 7-ranked Dickinson College men's lacrosse team turned in a solid performance under poor playing conditions to hold off visiting Swarthmore, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon. Playing in a heavy rain for the better part of the contest, the Red Devils weathered the storm and a tenacious effort by the Garnet.
The Devils capitalized on a extra-man opportunity as Richard Craft (Newtown Square, Pa./Episcopal) scored off an assist from Matt Cherry (Radnor, Pa./Radnor) at the 11:27 mark of the first quarter. Junior Bobby Kingsley (Bethesda, Md./St. Albans) put Dickinson up, 2-0, scoring just two minutes later with an assist from Pat Curley (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. St. Joseph).
It took less than a minute for the Devils to stretch the lead to 3-0 as Cherry fed sophomore Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) at the 8:31 mark of the first quarter.
Swarthmore answered with a pair of goals to cut the deficit to 3-2 at the end of the first. Pat Greene finished a Brandon Conway assists with 4:40 to play and Steve Selvarian found the net with 1:11 remaining in the quarter.
Conway struck for the Garnet at the 10:36 mark of the second period to tie the game, 3-3. First-year Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien) tallied the first his three goals at the 5:35 mark, scoring off an assist from Beitel to give Dickinson a 4-3 advantage at the break.
The third quarter saw five goals, but all came in the final 4:34 of the period. Daniel Kowalyshyn tied the game with an assist from Zach Belden to trigger a scoring frenzy in the final minutes. The teams traded goal for goal to enter the final quarter tied, 6-6.
Beitel connected with Gleason at the 2:39 mark before Jonathan Molloy tallied another Garnet equalizer. Sophomore Nick Leon (Chevy Chase, Md./Gonzaga) scored to give Cherry his third assist of the game with 53 seconds to play. Kevin Pytlar evened things again, 6-6, with just 21 seconds on the clock.
The Red Devil defense closed the door in the fourth, holding the Garnet scoreless while netting three for the final margin of 9-6. Gleason completed the hat-trick with 10:33 remaining, crediting Ward Gruppo (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep). Beitel scored on the ensuing face-off as classmate Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Basking Ridge) controlled the ground ball and dished out the assist.
Cherry finished off the scoring with 7:11 remaining as Kingsley found him for the Devils' final tally.
Palladino finished with eight ground balls, causing three turnovers in the midfield. Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) turned in another strong performance with two caused turnovers and three GBs. Senior John Haire (Darien, Conn./Darien) caused three turnovers as well while first-year Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) added four GBs and caused turnover as well. Kevin Joy (Darien, Conn./Darien) played well in the midfield, adding a pair of caused turnovers and four GBs.
Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made 11 saves in the Devil cage, stopping six shots in the second quarter.
Beitel led the way on attack with a pair of goals and two assists. Cherry struck once and tallied three assists while Gleason recorded the hat-trick with three goals on the day. Kingsley was solid behind the cage, picking up seven GBs to go with his goal and assist.
Chip Murray (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) won five face-offs and Parker Waldron (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) added three wins.
Six different players scored for the Garnet while Mark Czernak won 11 face-offs and controlled five ground balls. Jonathan Cohen made 16 saves in goal for Swarthmore (3-10, 1-5).
The seventh-ranked Red Devils improve to 12-1 on the season and 6-0 in the Centennial Conference. They travel to Muhlenberg College on Wednesday night for another key face-off with the Mules.