10th-Ranked Dickinson Defeats Widener

(Carlisle, Pa.) 10th-ranked Dickinson turned in a solid performance to turn back Widener, 10-6, on Saturday afternoon. The Red Devils welcomed back former assistant coach Brendan Dawson, who took over as the head coach at Widener this season.

Both teams were patient in the early going before first-year Brett Parker (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) put the Devils on the board with 6:08 remaining in the first quarter. Widener answered with a goal from Ryan Shewell at the 3:53 mark to keep the Pride even.

Senior Richard Craft (Newtown Square, Pa./Episcopal) responded with a goal just 26 seconds later and Will Scott (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) finished an assist from Sam Abramson (Alexandria, Va./Potomac) for an extra-man goal at the 2:29 mark to stretch the Devil lead to 3-1 at the end of the first.

The Devils tallied four straight in the second to pull in front 7-1. Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) struck twice in the second while Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) added a goal and assist during the run. Widener tallied with 36 seconds on the clock to make the score, 7-2, at the break.

Cherry added another goal and two assists in the third quarter to lead the Devils to a 10-3 lead at the end of three. Josh Fox triggered a 4-0 run for Widener, scoring at the end of the third and again to start the fourth.

The Pride tallied three goals in the final stanza to cut the final deficit to 10-6. Fox led the way for Widener (1-5) with a hat-trick on the day. Bobby Schluter made six saves in goal while Mac Nestler came on to stop eight shots.

The Devils used a balanced attack with nine players finding their way into the scoring column. Cherry led the way with a pair of goals and three assists while Scott tallied two goals and handed out an assist.

Senior Chip Murray (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) was dominant on face-offs, winning 15 of 18 on the day, adding nine ground balls. Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) anchored a strong defensive effort with four GBs and three caused turnovers. Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) and Slay Sudah (Franklin Park, N.J./St. Joseph) each caused a pair of turnovers as well and controlled four ground balls.

Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made nine saves in the cage, stopping five shots in the second period.

The Red Devils improve to 6-1 overall. They are home again on Wednesday, opening Centennial Conference play against McDaniel College at 7:00 pm.

2012-03-17



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