May 1, 2012

Albright Comes Back to Beat Lebanon Valley

from press release

The Albright College men's lacrosse team rallied yet again, coming back from two down in the second half to defeat Lebanon Valley 6-4 on Tuesday in the Commonwealth Conference semifinals.

The Lions have gotten stronger in the second half all season, and showed a maturity beyond their years against an elite LVC defense- scoring the final four goals of the game.

The Albright defensive group was also up to the challenge, shutting the Dutchmen down for the final 25:12 of the game after Jordan Mayr had scored to make it 4-2 LVC.

Freshman goalie Andrew Torak made nine saves, while sophomore Mike Donohoe caused a pair of turnovers. Freshman Darian Meador played a huge role, winning 9-of-13 faceoffs against Scott Sutton, the league leader in draw percentage.

On the offensive end, T.J. Holston scored a pair of goals, while Philip Potter had one goal and one assist each. Also scoring for the hosts were Bryan Smith, Nicholas Pisko and Justin Brown, all freshmen.

Potter made a great fake move to get free in front of goal and score, making it 1-1 late in the first quarter. The Lion offense struggled the rest of the half however, as LVC's compact defense and outstanding rotations stifled an Albright team that held a 16-14 halftime advantage in shots.

Mayr's goal put Albright down two, but the Lions scored three times in the final 4:17 of the third quarter to storm into the lead. Brown and Pisko tallied 49 seconds apart, before Smith scored the goal of the night, leaping through a crowd of defenders for an unassisted strike.

The Lions looked to run the clock late in the game, and Holston's goal with 4:08 to play proved the final nail in the coffin and allowed Potter and his teammates to spend the rest of the contest dodging frustrated Dutchmen defensemen until time expired.

Albright is now 16-2 in its inaugural season and will host defending MAC champion Widener University on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the first-ever Commonwealth Conference championship game. The winner will play either FDU-Florham or Eastern on Saturday for a spot in the NCAA tournament.

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