April 17, 2013

Albright Stuns No. 16 Widener in MAC Thriller

from press release

READING, Pa. - Sophomore Ryan Turner's goal at 2:19 of the first overtime completed a thrilling game in Shirk Stadium, giving the Albright College men's lacrosse team a 10-9 victory over #16 Widener University on Wednesday.

The Lions survived a Widener possession in the sudden death extra period and when they finally got the ball, Mike Southwick fed Turner in front of the goal for the game-winner.

It was the latest installment of a budding rivalry, as Albright also beat the long-time Commonwealth Conference contenders in overtime last season. The sides met again in the 2012 Commonwealth championship, with Widener overturning a 5-0 deficit to win 7-5.

Sophomore Philip Potter and T.J. Holston each gutted out three-goal, two-assist performances in the Lions' first-ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent.

Sophomore Darian Meador won 15-of-21 draws and picked up 12 ground balls. Defensively, Joe Devinney had five ground balls and Mike Donohoe caused three turnovers.

The game was tied heading into the fourth quarter, and Charlie Bytheway hit the post for Widener on the counterattack early in the period.

Albright's Andrew Poitras was saved point-blank, but Holston and Turner each scored to give the hosts a 9-7 lead with 8:23 remaining.

The Pride answered with two quick goals however. Devinney countered on the penalty kill and found himself behind the defense, but missed wide. Albright killed off a two-minute man-down stretch late, setting up their overtime winner.

The Lions led after the first and second quarters. It was 3-1 after one period, but Widener struck three times in a 52-second span to shock the Red and White and reclaim the lead.

Potter took it in himself from behind the net with 3:41 on the clock to make it 5-4 Widener, and Holston scored on a riser just seconds after a Widener penalty had released. Potter completed a nice move to give Albright a 6-5 lead heading into the break.

Albright led 7-5 early in the third and nearly added to that, but freshman Johnny Moore hit the post off a great feed from Holston (who had a draw a double-team).

With the score 7-6 Potter (and the entire Albright bench) thought he had scored, but the ball was ruled to have never crossed the line and Marc LaVine quickly scored for Widener in a costly change of momentum.

Albright improves to 10-2, 4-1 on the season, with the Lions now controlling their own destiny in the battle to host a home playoff semifinal. The Red and White have another tough home game on Saturday, vs. Elizabethtown.

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