Ursinus Rallies from Early Deficit to Down Swarthmore

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. After a scoreless first period, Ursinus outscored Swarthmore 7-3 over the next three quarters to get a 8-6 win over the Garnet on Saturday afternoon in men's lacrosse action.

Ursinus (5-1, 1-0 Centennial) got three goals and two assists from freshman attack Mark Stratton (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) while senior attack Dave Kraus (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) had two goals and two assists.

Swarthmore (3-3, 0-1 Centennial) got two goals from sophomore attack Brendan Conway in the loss.

After the scoreless first period, Ursinus got on the board first as Kraus scoed with 12:02 left in the half on an assist from freshman midfielder Ian Moore (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fairhaven).

After Swarthmore's Wes Marcik scored, the two teams traded goals before Ursinus scored two straight to end the half to go up 4-2. Stratton scored both, the first on an assist from senior attack Andrew Bean (Robbinsville, N.J./Robbinsville) at 3:20, the second unassisted at 1:01.

Conway scored his first goal of the game at 12:56 left in the third to cut the Garnet decifit to 4-3, before Ursinus scored four straight to take an 8-3 lead. Freshman attack Steve Smyrl (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley) had two goals during the run: one with 11:56 left in the third and one with 11:16 left in the fourth.

Swarthmore would make one last charge, scoring three straight in the fourth but could not get any closer than 8-6.

Sophomore faceoff specialist Shawn Caven (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) was 11 for 18 on faceoffs and collected seven ground balls.

Junior goalkeeper T.J. Magnani (Bear, Del./St. Mark's) had 17 saves and seven ground balls in the win.

Ursinus will head to F&M on Wednesday, part of a critical week in Centennial play.


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