Swarthmore Falls on Two Late Goals by Haverford

HAVERFORD, Pa. - Swarthmore (4-11, 1-7) rallied all the way back from a four-goal fourth period deficit against homestanding Haverford, but it wasn't enough in the end, as the Fords scored a pair of goals in the final two minutes to defeat the Garnet 10-9 on Saturday afternoon.

Ian Lukaszewicz capped an excellent sophomore season with three goals while senior Steve Selverian wrapped up his Garnet career with two goals. Junior Jonathan Cohen was outstanding between the pipes, making 19 saves. For the week, Cohen combined for 40 saves. Senior Michael Girardi picked up a team-high six ground balls in his final game while freshman Mike Selverian added five ground balls.

Jack Bodine and Christian Clay each finished with three goals for the Fords. Clay tallied the game-winning goal with 1:07 to play.

Thanks to a goal as time expired in the third period, the Fords took a commanding 7-3 lead into the final period and appeared on their way to an easy Senior Day win. Determined to end the 2013 season on a high note, Swarthmore staged a furious comeback to take a late lead.

The Garnet ripped off four goals over the opening eight minutes of the fourth, equaling the score (7-7) and leaving the Fords stunned. Freshman Braeden DeWan opened the scoring at the 14:07 mark, while Lukaszewicz, Selverian and sophomore Andrew Preiser all scored over a two-minute span to tie the game 7-7 with seven minutes left to go.

The Fords regained the lead with 5:44 to go on Bodine's third and final goal of the game, but Swat bounced back once again. With just under four minutes to play, Selverian tied the game 8-8 off an assist from fellow captain Wes Marcik. With 2:48 left, Swarthmore finally took the lead, as junior Jonathan Molloy scored off an assist from Preiser to put the Garnet in front 9-8.

Despite being just two minutes away from a stunning win, it was not to be for Swarthmore. The Fords tied the game just 30 seconds later thanks to a goal from Jake Maldonado. With 1:07 to go, Clay netted what proved to be the game-winner on an assist from Maldonado, making it 10-9 Haverford. The Fords won the ensuing face-off and milked the clock, denying Swarthmore of the season-ending win.

DeWan finished with a goal and two assists. Sophomore Chris Thomson added a second-quarter goal.

Swarthmore finishes the season at 4-11.


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