Swarthmore Grounds the Soaring Eagles

SWARTHMORE, Pa. - With five players contibuting two or more points, the Swarthmore men's lacrosse squad powered past the visiting Elmira Soaring Eagles by a 16-8 score on Saturday afternoon from Clothier Field.

Junior Andrew Preiser led the way with a career high nine points from three goals and six assists - also a career high. Sophomores Ian Lukaszewicz and Alex Scott rattled off four goals each en route to seven- and six-point performances, respectively. Sophomore Chris Thomson picked up three points and senior Daniel Kowalyshyn recorded one goal and one assist to round out Swarthmore's multi-point scorers.

Senior keeper Jonathan Cohen played 54:18 to record 11 saves for the victory - six coming in the third quarter.

The game began sloppy as neither team could maintain possession in the opening nine minutes of action before the first scoring play. Lukaszewicz opened a seven-goal first quarter for the Garnet at the 5:31 mark assisted by Preiser. The duo along with Scott, each recorded two goals and two assists in the remaining five minutes.

The Garnet won all eight faceoffs of the first quarter to fuel the scoring run - sophomore Mike Selverian recorded 16 of 19 faceoffs wins in the game, which marks his career high. Selverian scooped up 10 ground balls to lead all players, while senior Geli Carabases caused a career-high five turnovers and grabbed four ground balls.

Swarthmore took a 8-0 lead before the Soaring Eagles found the back of the cage, but when Elmira did they rattled off three straight goals and held the Garnet offense quite until the last five minutes once again. Kowalyshyn scored on a pass from Preiser at 4:24 and Scott recorded his third goal of the game with 43 seconds on the clock to set the score at 10-3 at the break.

At intermission, Swarthmore held a 21-7 shot and 20-9 groundball advantage over Elmira. The Garnet had the lone man-up opportunity of the half, but didn't convert.

Lukaszewicz scored twice to open the third quarter - including a man-up goal on a pass from Preiser at 12:45. Elmira outscored the Garnet 3-1 in the final 10 minutes of the quarter, but still trailed 13-6. Swarthmore rattled off three more goals in the final frame for the 16-8 victory in non-conference action.

Swarthmore host Drew University on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. in a game rescheduled from earlier this season.


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