McDaniel Tops Marywood for ECAC Championship

WESTMINSTER, Md. McDaniel jumped out to a 12-2 lead with 9:01 to play in the third quarter en route to a 13-9 victory over Marywood to claim to the 2012 ECAC Mid-Atlantic men's lacrosse championship on Sunday.

DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) led the offense for the Green Terror (11-7) with four goals and two assists while JS Duke (Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) added three goals and two assists. Brad Motley (Fallston, Md./Fallston) made nine saves in the first 48 minutes to earn tournament most outstanding player.

Riley Dobel led the Pacers (10-8) with four goals.

After Duke hit Pat Bivons (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) with 9:12 to play in the opening quarter, Sam Trill responded just 2:08 later to knot the game but then McDaniel ran off six straight goals to open up a 7-1 lead with 2:08 remaining in the first half.

Rickels and Duke each scored twice during the run while Bivons added his second of the game to open second-quarter scoring just 1:55 into the period, making it a 5-1 game at that point.

Dobel momentarily halted the run with 1:59 showing but Rickels tallied man-up to stretch the lead back to six just 47 seconds before the break.

A Rickels goal 58 seconds into the third quarter and a Duke score 2:26 later stretched the lead to 10-2 before Sean Brett (Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame) and Skippy Clary (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) made it a 10-goal game with 9:01 showing.

Back-to-back Dobel tallies just 57 seconds apart closed the deficit to 12-5 but Bivons completed his hat trick with 3:49 on the clock before a goal and two assists from Dylan Swope allowed Marywood to close the game on a 4-0 run.

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Westminster, MD Top-seed and host McDaniel defeated second-seeded Marywood 13-9 on Sunday afternoon to claim the ECAC Mid-Atlantic championship. The Green Terror end their season with an 11-7 record and an ECAC title, while the Pacers finish the spring with a 10-8 mark, the team's fourth-straight double-digit win season and the program's best showing in a postseason tournament.

Marywood trailed 8-2 at halftime, but opened the second half with a 7-1 run to tie the game at 9-9. McDaniel responded by scoring the game's final four goals to lay claim to the championship.

Riley Dobel led Marywood's attack with four goals while Joe LaBella (2 goals, 1 assist) and Dylan Swope (1 goal, 2 assists) added three points apiece. Chris Riley had two points on a goal and an assist for the Pacers, who also got single tallies from Sam Trill and Marcus Janda, along with helpers by Greg Nester, Ryan Nowell, and James Martell in the loss.

Nicholas Cornella was outstanding in Marywood's cage in the defeat and helped the Pacers' kill off eight of McDaniel's extra-man opportunities.


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