Carabases' Late Strike Carries Swarthmore by Whittier

SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Freshman Geli Carabases intercepted a pass on the defensive end, took the ball the length of the field, and rifled a shot from the top of the circle with 1:04 remaining to give Swarthmore (3-5, 1-1) a thrilling 7-6 win over visiting Whittier on a rainy Thursday evening from Clothier Field Stadium.

Down 4-2 early in the second half, Swarthmore rattled off four unanswered goals over a 20-minute span of the second half to a take 6-4 lead with less than eight minutes remaining to play.

Unwilling to take the long trip back to California after a tough loss, the Poets responded, scoring two late goals, including a strike with just 2:17 left to play to tie the game 6-6.

With the Poets in possession of the ball and attacking in the Garnet defensive zone with approximately 70 seconds remaining, Carabases caused his third and final turnover of the game, picking off a pass across the middle and racing down the field unmarked for the game-winner.

Sophomores Wes Marcik and Steve Selverian each scored two goals to lead the Garnet offense.

Freshman Jonathan Cohen had his second-consecutive strong outing for Swat in the goal, making eight saves. For Whittier, goalkeeper Robert Balzen was outstanding in net, making 22 saves to keep the Poets in the game.

The Poets took a two goal lead midway though the first quarter, blasting its first goal past Cohen with just under seven minutes left in the quarter and wasted no time netting its second goal as Daniel McQuade snuck another one in thanks to some finesse passing only 30 seconds later.

Marcik put the Garnet on the board quickly in the second quarter, rifling a shot from a tough angle past the Poet netminder.

Whittier regained its two goal lead a few minutes with another McQuade goal but Selverian brought Swat back to within one before halftime, launching a bullet into the top right corner of the net with less than three to play in the half.

Despite giving up an early third quarter goal, the second half was all Swarthmore, scoring five goals in the third and fourth quarters.

Selverian sparked the run when he made a quick cut to split the defense, clearing himself for a perfect shot to the bottom left post, putting the Garnet within one at 4-3.

After the Poets committed a pushing penalty with 1:20 to play in the third, the Garnet took advantages as freshman Daniel Kowalyshyn fed a perfect pass to Marcik in the front of the net for Marcik's second goal to tie the game at four apiece.

Swarthmore capitalized on a Whittier penalty again in the fourth quarter when junior Max Hubbard blasted a shot from deep, past the Poet keeper to give the Garnet its first lead of the game, 5-4.

Freshman Brendan Conway gave Swat a two goal lead a minute later, making a spin move around a Whittier defender and putting a shot into the top right corner.

Whittier tied it up with two straight goals before Carabases' game-winning goal sent the Poets packing.

Swat outshot the Poets 25-18 in the second half and 50-31 in the game.

The Swarthmore defense was key, picking up 27 ground balls to the Poets' 19. The Garnet also caused 11 turnovers while Whittier only took away seven.

Swarthmore returns to action on Saturday against Centennial power Gettysburg. Play begins at 3:00 p.m.

2011-04-01



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