Ursinus Edges Swarthmore in Overtime in CC Opener

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. Ursinus College senior midfielder Eric Farris (Pottsgrove, Pa./Pottsgrove) scored his third goal 1:26 into overtime as the Bears (5-0, 1-0 Centennial) won their Centennial Conference opener with a 8-7 win over Swarthmore (1-3, 0-1 Centennial) Wednesday afternoon.

Farris' goal, which came in front of the cage, kept Ursinus undefeated with a 5-0 mark. That mark is the best start in the history of the program.

Five other players scored in addition to Farris, with sophomore attack David Kraus (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand), senior attack Dan Monzo (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford), freshman attack Taylor Allen (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport Bluepoint), sophomore defender Mike Alfieri (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape) and senior attack Pat Nagle (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) all finding the back of the cage.

Farris, Kraus, sophomore midfielder Mike Bloom (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) and sophomore midfielder Jeff Ocampo (Palm Coast, Fla./Mantanzas) each had an assist.

For Swarthmore, sophomore midfielder Max Hubbard had a game-high four goals, while senior attack Tyler Bradshaw had two.

Hubbard's fourth goal of the game with 6:10 left in the fourth gave Swarthmore at 7-6 lead. Ursinus then forced the overtime on a goal by Kraus with 4:57 left, on an assist by Ocampo.

Trailing 2-1 to start the second quarter, Ursinus went on a three-goal run to take its largest lead of the game at 4-2 on a goal by Farris with 10:55 left. Swarthmore responded with a two-goal run as Hubbard scored with eight minutes left on an assist from sophomore midfielder John Bukawyn, followed by a goal from freshman midfielder Wes Marcik with 2:49 left.

Each team traded goals in the third period, before Ursinus took a 6-5 lead heading into the final period on a goal by Monzo off of a Farris assist with 11 seconds left.

Junior long stick midfielder Ernie Constantine (Bethpage, N.Y./St. Dominic) had six groundballs on the day for Ursinus.

In goal, freshman T.J. Magnani (Bear, Del./St. Mark's) had eight saves, while senior goalkeeper Kevin Friedenberg had ten for the Garnet.

Ursinus travels to Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.

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COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Sophomore midfielder Max Hubbard (Washington, D.C. - St. Alban's) netted a career-high four goals on just five shots, but an overtime goal from Ursinus's Eric Farris, who scored three goals of his own, was the difference as the Bears rallied to defeat the Garnet 8-7 (OT) from Eleanor Frost Snell Field at Ursinus College.

Senior Tyler Bradshaw ( Marietta, Ga. - Lassiter) scored two goals - bringing his team-leading total to 10 - while adding an assist to lead the Garnet (1-3, 0-1). Freshman Wes Marick (Madison, Conn. - Choate Rosemary Hall) also found the back of the net, while Hubbard added three ground balls.

A very physical and hard-fought game from both sides - which each team recording five penalties - was close from whistle-to-whistle, with the lead exchanging hands five times and no team pulling ahead by more than two goals at any point.

The Bears (5-0, 1-0) took a 6-5 lead heading in the final period, thanks in part to a goal from Dan Monzo with just :11 remaining in the third period, but the Garnet rallied for two goals over two minutes, seizing the lead in the Centennial Conference opener for both squads. Bradshaw's team-leading 10th goal tied the game at the 7:59 mark, while Hubbard's fourth and final goal gave Swat the 7-6 lead with 6:10 left to play.

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