Bears Scores Final Seven to Defeat Eagles

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. Ursinus got three goals from sophomore midfielder Ian Moore (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), as the Bears (5-0) rallied from a three-goal deficit with seven straight goals in a 7-3 win over Eastern (3-3) on Tuesday night.

Four other players netted goals for the Bears, who improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2010.

Ursinus held Eastern off the board in the second half, as freshman goalkeeper Brian Neff (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) made seven saves in the second half. Ursinus held Eastern to just 11 shots in the final two periods, as he finished with 11 saves overall.

Sophomore Eric Waibel had two goals for the Eagles, while senior midfielder Matt Soldano netted two assists.

Waibel scored the first two goals of the game, the last coming with 12:12 left in the second quarter for a 2-0 lead. The Eagles took a 3-0 lead on a man-up goal by sophomore attack Grant Ferguson with 6:59 left in the quarter.

Ursinus got on the board with 3:54 left in the first half as freshman attack Logan Panaccione (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) scored unassisted, followed by a short-handed goal from Moore with 1:43 left in the half to make it a 3-2 Eastern lead.

In the third, Ursinus tied it with 7:19 left as freshman midfielder Robert Dewey (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) scored his first collegiate goal. Moore added his second goal of the game with 33 seconds left in the third on an assist from sophomore midfielder Jake Weber (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township).

Freshman midfielder Collin Sullivan (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) scored his first collegiate goal with 11:51 left in the fourth to give Ursinus a 5-3 lead, followed by a goal from junior midfielder Nile Thompson (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) on a brilliant assist from sophomore long stick midfielder Adebayo Adeyemo (Scotch Plains, N.J./Peddie) with 9:29 left for a 6-3 lead.

Moore scored his third and final goal with 7:17 left, on an assist from Weber.

Senior long stick midfielder Wytch Rigger (Decatur, Ga./Decatur) had three caused turnovers, while Panaccione and freshman midfielder James Fairchild (Wayne, Pa./Malvern Prep) each had five ground balls.

Ursinus starts Centennial play on Saturday at Swarthmore.

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COLLEGEVILLE, Pa.- Playing in its third game in five days, Eastern saw an early three-goal lead slip away in a 7-3 loss at Ursinus. The Bears (5-0) scored five times in the second half to earn the win in very windy and cold conditions.

The two teams entered tonight's contest as teams receiving votes in the most recent Divsion III Coaches Poll. When the game started, the athleticism looked like two ranked teams, but the execution was off for both. A combination of windy conditions and tough defense resulted in a lot of balls on the ground throughout the game. In the early going, that worked to the Eagles' advantage.

Eric Waibel tucked home a Matt Soldano feed 13 minutes in for the only goal of the first period. Waibel, who typically fires from distance, caught the pass right at the edge of the crease, turned and dropped a shot to the lower corner. The same combination resulted in a two-goal Eastern lead with 12 minutes to play in the half. This time Soldano passed from behind the cage and Waibel tagged a low corner with a hard shot from 12 yards out.

Even with the lead, the Eagles never seemed totally comfortable and the offense sputtered with atypically dropped and inaccurate passes. Nonetheless, the Eagles added a third when Grant Ferguson tucked home his 21st goal of the year on a Chris Farrar pass with seven minutes to play in the half.

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