No. 5 Dickinson Starts Fast, Defeats Ursinus

(Carlisle, Pa.) - The #5-ranked Dickinson College men's lacrosse team secured a bid to the Centennial Conference playoffs with a 13-8 win over visiting Ursinus College. The Red Devils add to their school record for wins in a season, improving to 13-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference.

Severe storms delayed the start 45 minutes before the Red Devils brought some thunder of their own. Following a scoreless seven minutes, senior Ted Sirvaitis (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) struck twice to put the Devils in front, 2-0 at the 4:22 mark of the first quarter.

Sirvaitis would assist on three of the Devils next four goals as they jumped out to a 6-1 lead early in the second period.

After Jeff Ocampo scored for Ursinus, senior Oliver Thompson (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) answered with an assist from Sam Abramson (Alexandria, Va./Potomac) and Brendan O'Brien (Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade) finished a pass from Sirvaitis to make the score 4-1 at the end of the first.

Sirvaitis fed classmate Chris Dodson (Bethesda, Md./Landon) to trigger a 5-0 run that put the Devils in front 9-1. Ocampo found the net again with 2:31 to play in the half before the Devils added one before the break. Abramson fired a shot into the net with an assist from Ward Gruppo (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield) with just two seconds on the clock.

Ursinus made a run at in the third quarter, outscoring the Devils 4-1. Abramson finished another assist from Gruppo to break up the run in the middle of the third period.

Leading 11-6, Dodson made it dozen off Sirvaitis' fourth assist of the night to start the fourth quarter. The Bears would tack on two more goals in the final 6:05, but could not catch the Devils. Abramson finished things off for Dickinson with a goal at the 4:50 mark.

The Red Devil defense was outstanding all night while the midfield helped force 26 turnovers. Al Golod (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) caused five turnovers and controlled six ground balls to lead the way. Chris Breslin (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) forced three turnovers and had four GBs.

Sirvaitis led the attack with two goals and four assists. Tyler Magann (Easton, Pa./The Hill School) made three saves to earn his 12th win of the season.

Chip Murray (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) won 10 face-offs and picked-up five ground balls while Andrew Blomquist (Bel Air, Md./Gilman) claimed 3 of 4 in the game.

Eric Farris and Ocampo each finished with three goals to lead Ursinus (8-4, 3-4). Matt Columbini stopped four shots before T.J. Magnani came in to make 10 saves, including seven in the third period.

The Red Devils (13-1, 6-1) travel to McDaniel College next Saturday for the regular season finale. Opening face-off is set for 1:00 pm.

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CARLISLE, Pa. Fifth-ranked Dickinson darted out to a 9-1 lead as the Red Devils defeated Ursinus 13-8 on Friday night in men's lacrosse play. The Red Devils (13-1, 6-1 Centennial) forced 26 Ursinus (8-4, 3-4 Centennial) turnovers in the win.

For Ursinus, senior midfielder Eric Farris (Pottsgrove, Pa./Pottsgrove) had three goals, as did sophomore midfielder Jeff Ocampo (Palm Coast, Fla./Mantanzas).

Sophomore attack David Kraus (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) added in two goals for the Bears, who did out score the Red Devils 6-3 in the second half and mounted a small comeback but could not get any closer than five goals.

In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Matt Columbini (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) made four saves in the first 18 minutes, while freshman goalkeeper T.J. Magnani (Bear, Del./St. Mark's) had ten saves in the final 42 minutes.

Ursinus will host Muhlenberg next Saturday. The Bears can still qualify for the Centennial Conference playoffs, but, need to win next Saturday and need help.


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