May 1, 2014

Albright Beats Widener, Weather to Advance

from press release

CHESTER, Pa. - The Albright College men's lacrosse team finally overcame Widener in the playoffs, along with an hour weather delay, to return to the Commonwealth Conference championship game with a 12-7 win over the Pride.

The Lions had fallen to Widener in each of the last two postseasons- 7-5 in the 2012 Commonwealth championship and a 6-5 overtime decision in last year's semifinals.

Junior Philip Potter had four goals, while classmate Andrew Poitras added a hat trick. Freshman Cam Cetrone had a goal and two assists, with classmate Andrew Potter adding one goal and one assist.

Senior goalie Jordan DiZenzo finished with 12 saves. Junior Darian Meador won 13-of-22 faceoffs, totaled 10 ground balls, and caused two turnovers.

After Widener opened the scoring on the game's first shot, the Lions closed the period with a 4-1 lead and DiZenzo saving six straight shots.

A. Potter assisted fellow freshman Derek Stump on the Lions' first attempt of the day. Cetrone then found Phil Potter for a 2-1 lead. Widener won the draw but Poitras stripped a Pride player and went the other way for a 3-1 scoreline.

A slashing penalty gave Widener a one minute man-advantage and Tyler Schulte fired off three straight shots on goal, with DiZenzo getting a piece of each one. Once the Lions had killed off the power play a cross-checking call put them down again, and again DiZenzo came up with a stop on Schulte.

Midway through the second quarter, Matthew Lomady missed three times in 31 seconds. Albright kept possession however, and Phil Potter scored with 7:50 on the clock for a quick hat trick and a 5-1 lead.

The Pride made a run before halftime, scoring twice in 1:13 and winning the ensuing faceoff. Albright got a stop and cleared, with Cetrone scoring a crucial momentum-stopping goal with eight seconds to go; the Red and White led 7-4 at the break.

Meador won the opening faceoff of the second half and picked up the ground ball. Almost immediately, lightning was spotted and the teams went to the sidelines for over an hour.

Play finally resumed around 10 p.m., and Cetrone was saved by Widener goalie Mac Nestler. After a string of Albright misses midway through the third, A. Potter finished with 6:42 on the clock for an 8-4 lead.

Leading 9-5 in the final minute of the third quarter, a Lion turnover allowed Widener's Tim Taylor to walk in all alone. DiZenzo made a great save, although Mike Donohoe did pick up a two-minute penalty trying to take out Taylor from behind to save a goal. A 30-second pushing penalty put Albright facing a 6-on-4 heading into the final period.

Widener scored early in the fourth, but not quickly enough to continue their man-advantage. Meador won the draw and Albright went right to Cetrone at the crease, with the freshman drawing a Widener pushing penalty.

Phil Potter and James Egleston hit the post just 40 seconds apart, but Albright pulled away with fourth quarter goals from Potter, Poitras and Lomady.

The Red and White will travel to face defending national champion Stevenson on Saturday in the Commonwealth Conference championship. The Mustangs easily defeated Lycoming 24-5, after leading 22-2 at one point in the third quarter.

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