Eastern Lacrosse Cruises Past Manhattanville

PURCHASE,N.Y.- Eastern University scored on five of six man-up opportunities and limited the host Manhattanville Valiants to five shots on goal en route to a convincing 12-1 MAC road win. Dave Darling led the way with four goals.

The Eagles controlled play from the outset, and they opened the scoring on their second man-up chance of the contest. A cross-check in the third minute opened up a window of opportunity for the Eastern man-up group, and Darling converted on a feed from Will Johnson.

Matt Soldano converted a Chris Farrar pass on another man-up chance two minutes later. Darling closed out the first period scoring with an even strength goal from Ron Johnson.

While the Eagles led 3-0 at the end of the period, it was in the second frame that Eastern really asserted dominance in the game. A.J. Ryan owned the face-off x and the Eagles kept the Valiants pinned deep in their half for the bulk of the period.

Manhattanville succeeded on only two of seven clearing attempts. The dominance in possession and field position led to a 16-2 advantage in shots on the way to a 7-0 halftime lead. Darling, Will Johnson, and Ron Johnson scored even strength goals in the early part of the period, and Chris Farrar converted another man-up chance with a minute to play before half.

Seventy-two seconds after the halftime break, the Eagles again found themselves in a man-up situation. Will Johnson collected his second of three assists on the day with a feed to Zac Ivy. Ryan controlled the ensuing face-off, and fed Farrar on the crease to put the Eagles up 9-0 with 28 minutes to play.

Manhattanville broke through with a goal moments later, but there would be no second tally for the home side as the Eastern defense held its ground and the offense worked to keep possession.

Darling, Will Johnson, and Ivy scored in the opening minutes of the fourth period for the final margin of victory.

Coach Childs was pleased with the performance of his man-up group and with the discipline of his team in general for the afternoon. "We had a period in the third quarter where it got kind of sloppy in clearing," he said,"but I think we showed desire to win the ground ball game and to get the ball back."

The Eagles improve to 3-0 in MAC play and will welcome King's College to St. Davids for a HEADstrong Event this Saturday.


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