March 16, 2013

No. 3 Dickinson Barely Escapes Widener Upset Bid

from press release

CHESTER, Pa. – The #3-ranked Dickinson men's lacrosse team had its hands full, playing on the road at Widener University on Saturday. Facing former Dickinson assistant, Brendan Dawson, the nationally-ranked Red Devils knew the Pride would be ready for the challenge. The Devils held-off an extra-man opportunity in the final two minutes and dodged three shots in the final seconds to post an 8-7 win.

The Pride struck first, scoring at the midpoint of the first quarter. The Red Devils answered with three straight to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the period. Senior Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) put the Devils on the board, just 43 seconds after Widener scored.

Junior Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) scored back-to-back goals at the 2:09 mark, and again with just 47 seconds on the clock.

Widener controlled the second quarter, netting three goals to take a 4-3 advantage at the break. Johnny Casey finished an assist from Robert Clemens to capitalize on an extra-man opportunity at the 13:11 mark.

Marc La Vine handed out an assist to Josh Fox with 5:41 to play in the half, and dished off a helper to Ryan Eidenshink to put the Pride on top with 26 seconds remaining.

Cannon pulled the Devils even, finding the net just 52 seconds into the second half. La Vine answered with an unassisted goal at the 12:04 mark, and Clemens found Casey again to give the Pride a 6-4 lead with 7:28 to play in the third.

The Devils erased the two-goal deficit early in the fourth quarter, setting up a dramatic finish. Cannon fed sophomore Brett Parker (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) at the 12:51 mark and first-year Chris Menard (South Hadley, Mass./South Hadley) found the net, just over a minute later to pull Dickinson even.

The Pride took advantage of another penalty as Clemens dished out an assist, this time to Eidenshink, to give Widener a 7-6 lead with 7:04 on the clock.

Cannon would help the Devils find the answer once again, this time assisting sophomore Colin Farrell (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern) on an extra-man goal to knot the game at 7-7, with 4:56 remaining.

Sophomore Tyler White (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) found the back of the cage, just 18 seconds later, scoring the game-winner.

The Devils weren't not quite out of danger yet, however, as the host Pride continued to battle to final horn. The Devils were able to hold-off a 30-second penalty at the 1:42 mark, and dodged three shots in the final seconds to secure the win.

The Devils blocked two shots and saw another sail wide of the net, all in the final seconds of the contest.

Cannon led with way with three goals and two assists as eight different players tallied a goal or an assist. Junior Carter Moore (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) won 13-of-18 face-offs and controlled a game-high 10 ground balls. Junior Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien) added four GBs to his assist as well.

Senior goaltender Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made 10 saves in the cage for the Red Devils. Mac Nestler kept the Pride in the game as well, stopping 16 shots on the day.

Clemens led the Pride attack with a goal and three assists as Widener slips to 3-3 on the season.

The #3-ranked Red Devils improved to 6-0 on the season. They return home and will face Colorado College on Friday night. The opening face-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm under the lights at Biddle Field.

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