Late Goal Gives Garnet Dramatic Win vs. Eastern

SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Swarthmore College (1-0) started off the 2012 campaign with a bang thanks to sophomore Brendan Conway, who scored the go-ahead goal with 1:45 remaining to give the Garnet an 8-7 victory over Eastern on Saturday afternoon from Clothier Field.

Sophomore Jonathan Molloy led a balanced Garnet scoring attack with two goals. Senior Max Hubbard, senior John Bukawyn, junior Wes Marcik and junior Steve Selverian also scored for Swarthmore in its season-opening win.

Chris Farrar led Eastern (0-1) with three goals, including two in the fourth quarter.

With the game tied 7-7 and under two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Conway pressured Eastern defender Ben Swan deep in his own territory, forcing him to cough up the ball on a clear attempt. Conway scooped up the ground ball, darted for the front the net and managed to beat the goalie for proved to be the dramatic game-winner.

The fourth quarter was indicative of the entire game- evenly-played lacrosse with each team appearing on the verge of victory at some point. Just two minutes into the quarter, Molloy broke a 5-5 tie with his second goal of the game, set up on an assist from freshman Ian Lukaszewicz. But just when it appeared that Swat was about to pull away for good, the Eagles countered with a fast-break goal by Farrar to make it a 6-6 game

With under six minutes to go in the game, Swarthmore went back on top thanks to an unassisted goal from Belden, making it a 7-6 contest. But again, the Eagles refused to go away, leveling the score once again just 90 second later, as Farrar completed his hat trick on Eastern's third man-up goal of the game, making it a 7-7 contest.

With a 1:45 to go in regulation, Conway ended the back-and-forth battle once and for all, converting a hustle-induced turnover into the game-winning goal for the Garnet.

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SWARTHMORE, Pa.- Eastern University Men's Lacrosse rallied from three second-half deficits before falling 8-7 at Swarthmore College in the season-opener for both teams. The host Garnet scored the game-winner with under two minutes to play for the game winner. Chris Farrar led the Eagles with three goals and an assist.

Eastern (0-1) started four freshmen and played several others in various positions on the field. Kyle Lansey took advantage of the opportunity and tallied his first career marker midway through the first period on a feed from Matt Soldano. Swarthmore held much of the possession and scored the equalizer in the closing minutes of the first period.

Lansey again gave the Eagles a lead with a finish on the back post from Farrar, but the Garnet scored the final two goals of the period to give the hosts a 3-2 edge at the intermission. Swarthmore gained the edge despite a 6-5 disadvantage in shots on goal and losing all four face-offs in the period. Eastern junior face-off specialist A.J. Ryan dominated the spot throughout the day. He won 15 of 19 draws on the afternoon.

The Eagles won the opening face-off of the third period and had two good looks at goal, but the Garnet, who had been deliberate on attack throughout the afternoon, caught the Eagles off guard with a transition goal to grab a 4-2 lead. Moments later, Swarthmore took advantage of another turnover and pushed their lead to 5-2.

Swarthmore had possession with a chance to stretch the lead to four, but first year defender Jordan Norris forced a turnover and recovered the ground ball to put Eastern back on attack. With the clock running down on the clear, defender Jon Pacitto earned the box and tumbled to the turf on a push. On the ensuing man-up chance, Will Johnson ripped home his first of two on the day after a neat feed from Grant Ferguson.

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2012-02-26



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