Swarthmore Rides 5-0 Run to Victory over Ursinus

SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Swarthmore (2-4, 1-0) opened up Centennial Conference play this afternoon with a bang, as the Garnet outplayed visiting Ursinus in all phases of the game to earn a 13-9 victory at a windy Clothier Field on Saturday afternoon.

In all, there were seven different goal scorers on the day for the Garnet, led by senior Steve Selverian and junior Andrew Preiser with a hat-trick each, followed by junior Ian Lukaszewicz and senior Wes Marcik with two each. Braeden DeWan led the way with two assists, while sophomore Chris Thomson, Lukaszewicz, and junior Jonathan Molloy all added one.

Junior Dane Fichter had a stellar day with face-offs, winning 11.

Junior goalkeeper Jonathan Cohen headed a tough Garnet defense, saving 15 shots and snagging three ground balls. Juniors Geli Carabases and Zach Schaffer made it difficult for the Ursinus offense to find its rhythm, while sophomore Darrel Hunter had another solid game picking up two ground balls and causing a turnover. Junior Keane Ehsani and freshman Mac Maquire also added two ground balls each.

Facing a Bears' squad that came into the game undefeated and just outside the national rankings, the Garnet wasted little time getting on the board as junior Molloy opened up the scoring just under two minutes into the game. Preiser followed with a goal of his own less than three minutes later to put the Garnet up 2-0. Ursinus answered with two of their own in the quarter with goals from junior Jimmy Stanley and sophomore Ian Moore.

In the second period, the Garnet asserted its dominance, outscoring the Bears 6-2, and opening up a four-goal lead going into the half. Six different players scored a goal in the quarter, as Selverian netted his first of the game along with DeWan, junior Brendan Conway, Marcik, Lukaszewicz, and Preiser all tallied for the Garnet.

In the second half, the Garnet withheld the Bears' late-game surge. The closest Ursinus got to the lead was three goals, but that wasn't until the 4:44 mark of the fourth quarter. For good measure, Preiser put the game on ice with his third and final goal at the 1:29 mark.

Swarthmore dominated in face-offs, winning 17 of 25, while going three for three in man up situations.

Ursinus freshman goalie Brian Neff finished with four saves in net, while Moore and freshman Dylan Spangenberg led the Bears with two goals each.

Swarthmore looks to stay perfect in the conference this Wednesday night, taking on Muhlenberg in Allentown, PA at 7:00 pm.

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SWARTHMORE, Pa. Swarthmore scored five straight goals in the second quarter on Saturday afternoon, propelling the Garnet (2-4, 1-0 Centennial) to a 13-9 win over Ursinus (5-1, 0-1 Centennial) in men's lacrosse action at Clothier Field.

The Garnet broke open a 2-2 tie at the end of the first quarter. Ursinus got to withing three the rest of the way but could not get any closer.

The Bears got two goals each from sophomore attack Mark Stratton (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township), sophomore midfielder Ian Moore (Fair Haven, N.J./Fair Haven-Rumson) and junior midfielder Dylan Spangenberg (Downingtown, Pa./Malvern Prep). Stratton also chipped in with two assists while Spangenberg added one as well.

Individually, Ursinus did force 17 Swarthmore turnovers on the day with Spangenberg accounting for three. He scooped up four ground balls as well.

Freshman goalkeeper Brian Neff (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) made four saves in the loss.

Ursinus will host F&M on Wednesday night.

2013-03-23



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