Goucher Edged 12-11; Denied First-Ever Win vs. McDaniel

TOWSON, Md. - Goucher had to wait 17 years to get another opportunity to pick up its inaugural win over McDaniel in the sport of men's lacrosse. And now that elusive first win won't come for at least another year, because, in the first meeting between the in-state rivals since 1996, the Green Terror knocked off the Gophers, 12-11, in front of a crowd of 166 this afternoon on Beldon Field.

The Green Terror (1-4) came out of the first quarter of today's contest up 4-1 by out-shooting the Gophers, 13-3, and picking up twice as many ground balls, 10-5. Goucher's only goal of the period was scored by Steve Patterson (Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) while McDaniel was down a man due to a 30-second penalty for pushing.

Another man-up goal by Patterson, followed by even-strength goals from Dylan Zook (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) and Sam Morgan (Wilmot, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) allowed the Gophers (1-4) to pull even with the Green Terror at 4-4 midway through the second quarter. McDaniel went back in front two times during the final 6:36 of the first half, but each time Goucher answered as the score was knotted up at 6-6 after 30 minutes.

Goucher went ahead for the first time when Patterson tallied his third goal of the contest 1:16 into the third quarter, but six of the next seven goals belonged to McDaniel as the Green Terror assumed a 12-8 advantage on an unassisted goal by Matt Dupras with :37 remaining in the period. With just :11 showing on the clock, however, Patterson stuck another extra-man goal to bring his team to within 12-9, and hike his personal total for the game to five goals.

Just 36 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Gophers closed to within 12-10 on a goal by Zook. Neither team scored again until Zachary Fratella (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) netted an unassisted goal with :30 remaining to make it a one-goal game. Tristan Morris (Houston, Texas/Houston Christian) did win the ensuing faceoff, but the only shot Goucher got off during the closing seconds off the contest was wide of the target.

Both starting goalkeepers played all 60 minutes. For Goucher, Connor Mishaw (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) made five save in the opening quarter and ended the contest with a total of 13; for McDaniel, Christian Dallmus also ended up with 13 saves, eight of which were in the second period.

The Green Terror finished with a 46-30 edge in shots and held a 39-30 advantage in ground balls.

The two teams met five times from 1992-96 and McDaniel won all five of those contests.

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TOWSON, Md. McDaniel built a 12-8 lead late in the third quarter before holding on for a 12-11 victory over Goucher in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Tuesday.

Pat Bivons (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) led the Green Terror (1-4) with six points on two goals and four assists. Skippy Clary (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) added four goals and an assist in the squad's first victory of the season.

Steve Patterson paced the Gophers (1-4) with five goals while Dylan Zook added two goals and three assists.

After Dylan Luiza (Davidsonville, Md./South River) scored a man-down goal off a Bivons assist 39 seconds into the game, Patterson responded nearly six minutes later with a man-up tally to knot the game at 1-all.

Bivons scored an unassisted tally with 4:57 on the first-quarter clock to spark a 3-0 finish to the quarter.

With 2:37 showing, Bivons found Pat Woglom (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) before hitting Sean Brett (Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame) 33 seconds later to have a hand in all four first-quarter tallies.

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