Mid-Game Run Sparks No. 17 Goucher Past Eastern

TOWSON, Md. - Goucher didn't take its first lead in tonight's game on Beldon Field against Eastern until Zachary Fratella (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) tallied an unassisted goal with 1:31 remaining before halftime. The go-ahead goal, which snapped a 4-4 tie, was part of six straight the Gophers rang up during a nearly 16-minute stretch that spanned the middle two periods and propelled them to a 13-7 triumph over the Eagles.

The only goal the Gophers, who moved up to No. 17 in this week's USILA Division III national rankings, managed off of 10 shots in the opening quarter was the first of three Kyle Boncaro (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) would contribute to the victory. The Eagles (6-3), meanwhile, countered with only seven shots, but enjoyed a 4-1 lead after 15 minutes.

After Chris Farrar's unassisted goal with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter put Eastern up by three, the Eagles would go without another goal for almost 28 minutes. David Waligurski (Reading, Pa./Holy Name), Rory Averett (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock North), Boncaro and Fratella netted one goal apiece in the second period for Goucher, with the last three all in a span of 57 seconds.

Averett accounted for the first two goals of the third quarter as the Gophers (11-1) expanded their advantage to 7-4, but the Eagles knocked their deficit back down to one when they responded with an extra-man goal by Kyle Gillam and an even-strength goal by Eric Waibel. Before time expired in the period, however, Fratella put Goucher up 8-6 with his second goal of the contest.

Fratella's goal ignited a second run of six consecutive goals by the Gophers, one that featured three goals by Matt Lynch (Ivyland, Pa./LaSalle College). By the time Boncaro stuck his third goal of the contest, Goucher was ahead 13-6 and there was only 1:23 showing on the clock.

Both starting goalkeepers went all 60 minutes: Aaron Benz made 16 saves for Eastern and Connor Mishaw (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine), who entered the game with a 4.83 goals-against average, the sixth-lowest in Division III, stopped 14 shots.

D.J. Shelton (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) handled every faceoff for Goucher and won 16 of the 24. In addition, he picked up a career-high 10 ground balls.

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BALTIMORE-- Eastern jumped to an early 4-1 lead at No. 17 Goucher, but the host Gophers (11-1) scored four straight goals in the second quarter and never looked back on the way to a 13-7 win.

Things looked promising for the visiting Eagles when Grant Ferguson scored an unassisted goal two and a half minutes in and Eric Waibel doubled the advantage less than 60 seconds later when Eric Waibel converted the Eagles' first man-up chance of the day on a pass from Ferguson.

Goucher grabbed a goal back with nine minutes left in the period, but Ferguson scored his second of the day at the midway point of the period and Chris Farrar picked up a loose ball and ripped the net with a 12 yard shot.

The game slowed down in the early part of the second period, but Goucher's David Waligurski rolled inside and finished from on the crease to cut the Eastern lead to 4-2 at the with just under nine minutes to go.

Easterns' troubles started in earnest with two and a half minutes to play after both teams had race end to end. Goucher goalie Connor Mishaw saved a Chris Farrar shot and fired deep into the Eastern end on a clear. Rory Averett caught the ball on the run and fired a shot that hit the inside of the back post. After conversation between the three officials, the shot was ruled a goal.

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