Late Goal Gives Garnet Dramatic Win vs. Eastern

The Garnet again earned possession, and Norris again ripped a ball free. He was leveled by an elbow to the head as he picked up the ball, and the Eagles again made the extra man opportunity pay off as Farrar popped a feed from Ferguson from close range.

The two teams traded possessions until the Eagles grabbed the ball with 90 seconds remaining in the period. Johnson dodged a pole with a stall warning in place and his 15 yard shot found its mark to tie the game with three ticks remaining on the clock.

Swarthmore scored another transition goal after Eric Waibel's shot ricocheted of the helmet of a defender to start the break, Farrar again was the man on the spot as the Eastern ride jarred a ball loose and Norris grabbed the ground ball. Norris found Farrar in the clear and the junior attack man made it to the front of the crease with no defender in sight. After a quick fake high, he dropped in his second of the afternoon.

The Garnet again grabbed the lead on a man-up goal with six and a half minutes to play. Swarthmore forced another turnover and had possession right after the face-off. Norris again knocked the ball free and took a cross-check to the face for a two-minute non-releasable penalty.

The Eastern man-up squad had its first shot saved, but hard ride from Farrar gave the Eagles another chance. Farrar then leveled the score at 7-7 on a feed from Kyle Gillam. The Eagles still had some man-up time remaining after the tying goal, but the Swarthmore zone did its job and Eastern held looking for a good scoring chance. With a stall warning in place, the Eagles stepped out of the box with the ball and it appeared that the Garnet would have a chance at the game-winner.

Swarthmore shot early, and Pat Groschan made a solid save with two minutes to play, but the Eastern clearing attempt failed, and Swarthmore's Brendan Conway picked up a loose ball and ran in alone for what turned out to be the game-winner.

The Eagles battled for the ensuing face-off, but Swarthmore gained control after several seconds of chaos and was able to run out the clock.

The Eagles will have a week to work through their mistakes and to get more players healthy before playing at Hood College next Saturday.

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2012-02-26



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