April 9, 2011

Dickinson Rallies from Six Down, Beats WAC

from press release

– The Dickinson College men's lacrosse team, ranked ninth in the latest U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Poll, survived a thriller in Chestertown, erasing a six-goal deficit to beat Washington College, 10-9.

The game did not see a score until the 3:42 mark of the opening quarter. Washington erupted for four goals, scoring three in the final 2:02 of the period. They tacked on two more early in the second to hold a 6-0 advantage with 13:23 remaining in the half.

First-year Parker Waldron (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) put the Devils on the board at the 13:04 mark to trigger what would turn into a five-goal run for the Devils, carrying into the third quarter.

First-year Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien) scored off an assist from Bobby Kingsley (Bethesda, Md./St. Albans) to make the score 6-2 at the break.

Gleason fed Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) at the 11:41 mark of the third and Nick Leon (Chevy Chase, Md./Gonzaga) found the net just over a minute later with an assist from Ward Gruppo (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep).

Sophomore Matt Cherry (Radnor, Pa./Radnor) pulled the Devils within a goal, closing out the run at the 2:51 mark.

Washington capitalized on a Dickinson penalty as Jim Cusick scored an extra-man goal off an assist from Patrick Coyle with 2:29 to play in the quarter. They struck again with 13:22 remaining in the game to stretch the lead back to 8-5.

Gruppo scored and assisted Beitel before Kingsley tied the game at the 4:58 mark with an assist from Gleason.

The Shoremen answered once more as Dave Lundquist gave the hosts a 9-8 edge with 3:55 to play.

Pat Curley (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) evened things again, scoring unassisted, just 45 seconds later. Washington won the ensuing face-off but lost possession and was flagged with a penalty, putting the Devils man-up.

Dickinson made the most of the opportunity as junior Richard Craft (Newtown Square, Pa./Episcopal) scored the game-winner with an assist from Cherry. The Devils won the face-off but Washington forced a turnover and had one final chance to tie. The final shot attempt went wide as the Devils improve to 11-1.

Nine different players scored for the Devils with Beitel leading the way with a pair. Gleason finished with a goal and a pair of assists.

Junior Chip Murray (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) won 7-of-10 face-offs and controlled seven ground balls. Waldron added six wins on the day, controlling five GBs.

The Red Devil defense held Washington to just three goals in the second half. Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) controlled five ground balls while Jon Haire (Darien, Conn./Darien) and Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) combined for six on the day, and Jack O'Connor (New Vernon, N.J./Delbarton) added three.

Sophomore goaltender Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made 10 saves and controlled four ground balls on the day.

The Red Devils improve to 11-1 overall and 5-0 in the Centennial Conference. They return home to face Swarthmore College next Saturday at 12:00 pm.

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