Widener Finishes Strong to Defeat Swarthmore

SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Swarthmore fell in its home opener to 320 Challenge opponent Widener by a score of 11-8 on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action.

Despite the loss, Swarthmore still holds a commanding 8-3 lead in the 320 Challenge for the 2012-13 seasons.

Senior Steve Selverian led the Garnet offense with three goals and Jonathan Molloy tallied two assists.

For the Pride, Ryan Eidenshink and Johnny Casey led all scorers with four goals each and Josh Fox gathered two assists.

The Garnet held the lead until the final seconds of the third quarter before Widener tallied two final-minute goals in the third to tie the game at six-all. The Pride took the lead in the opening 15 seconds of the fourth quarter and maintained the advantage to take the victory.

The teams traded goals in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to bobble the lead as Swarthmore scored its lone man-up goal Selverian's second goal of the game at 13:30 to tie the game at seven-all. Eidenshink notched two goals 12:52 and 12:11 to give the Pride it's largest lead of the game. Swarthmore was unable to recover from the deficit, scoring just one more goal to Widener's two to give the visitors an 11-8 victory on the road.

Entering the halftime intermission, Swarthmore led 5-4, but in all other categories the Pride had the advantage including 17-13 ground ball edge and 17-12 shots.

Sophomore Ian Lukaszewicz began all scoring at 12:48 in the first quarter with a pass from Selverian. The Garnet would score twice more in the first to take a 3-1 lead. Sophomore Chris Thomson notched his first goal of the season with just one second remaining in the first after his shot bounced off the top crossbar and over the goal line.

The Garnet opening the second with two more goals to take a commanding 5-1 lead, but the Pride responded with three unanswered goals including a man-up tally from Eidenshink to trail by one at halftime.

Widener controlled the face off circle, taking 14 of 22 attempts and prevailed on 2 of 5 man-up opportunities - one in the second quarter and one in the fourth quarter.

Jonathan Cohen stood between the pipes for the Garnet, making eight saves over 60 minutes. Mac Nestler stopped four shots in a complete game.

The Pride's Timothy Winslow notched a game-high eight ground balls, while Swarthmore's Zach Schaffer forced a game-high four turnovers.

Swarthmore will return to action on Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. facing off with Cabrini College from Clothier Field. After that, the team will travel to California to play two spring break contests.


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