Whittier Edges Eastern In Pool B Throwdown
from press release
|Hunter Hall (above) scored a pair of goals, helping Whittier pick up a clutch road victory over Eastern, 8-7, that could resonate on Selection Sunday. (Kevin P. Tucker)|
ST. DAVIDS, Pa. — Eastern Men's Lacrosse made a furious comeback in the final five minutes of Friday's game against the Whittier College Poets, but fell one goal short. The Poets edged the Eagles 8-7 in Friday afternoon's battle of Pool B teams, dealing the Eagles their third loss in a row - -their longest losing streak since 2009.
The Eagles trailed 7-4 with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when they went man-up after Eric Waibel was roughed up in front of the crease on an unnecessary roughness penalty. Waibel then responded with a low-to low shot past Whittier's keeper with 4:40 to play, assisted by Andy Jameson.
Whittier won the subsequent faceoff and tried to run down as much of the clock as it could, but Mark Cyron came up with a big steal near midfield to get the ball back for the Eagles. Cyron had another big game defensively, securing five ground balls and causing five turnovers for the second game in a row.
The Eagles, man down, transitioned off of Cyron's ground ball and Grant Ferguson found Dave Darling in the middle of the field about 15 yards out. Darling ripped his second goal of the game and his 12th goal of the season and brought Eastern within one goal, 7-6, with 1:58 remaining.
The Poets, who won 11-of-18 face-offs Friday, won the next face off and got Eastern's man-down defense to collapse around the crease, setting up Whittier's Jonathan Kassity for a long-range strike that zipped past Eagles' goalie Pat Groschan with 1:33 remaining.
Eastern LSM Ryan Mitchell gave Eastern another chance after he swiped a pass with just over a minute to play and rushed downfield for the clear. Mitchell dumped the ball off to Shawn Farmer who tossed it to a cutting Andy Jameson. Jameson quickly dumped the shot into the goal with 47 seconds remaining.
The Poets won the final faceoff of the game, but lost it on a turnover on the sideline. The Eagles however, weren't able to clear the ball and fell by the final score of 8-7.
Eastern's Grant Ferguson and Dave Darling each scored two goals. Andy Jameson, Eric Waibel and Tim Lamb each scored once. Pat Groschan recorded 10 saves in the loss. Mark Orebiyi made a brief appearance in goal in the game's final five minutes when the Eagles tried to double team defensively.
The Eagles get one more non-conference opportunity to earn a quality win on Wednesday when they host York College at 3 p.m.
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