Fourth Quarter Rally Leads Men's Lacrosse Past Widener 13-10
CHESTER, Pa. - The Swarthmore men's lacrosse team (2-0) continued its strong start to the 2012 season, scoring six unanswered goals over the final 12 minutes of play to defeat highly-regarded Widener 13-10 on Saturday afternoon from Quick Stadium.
The Garnet had offensive contributions from many players, including two goal efforts from senior Zach Belden, freshman Ian Lukaszewicz, sophomore Jonathan Molloy, senior Max Hubbard, and junior Wes Marcik. Sophomore Keane Ehsani added two assists.
For the Pride, junior Josh Fox led the attack with five goals, including two in the fourth quarter.
The first quarter saw tough play from both teams and a flurry of action in the opening minutes. Hubbard put the Garnet up early with a goal less than two minutes into the game. Marcik followed with a goal about a minute later, putting the Garnet up 2-0. But the Pride fought back. Capitalizing off of a Garnet turnover, Fox would net the first of his five goals (12:00).
Both teams continued to battle throughout the first half, but Widener, up on a man-advantage due to a penalty on Belden, would go on to net another before the period ended. Pride junior Johnny Casey made the game 2-2, a score that would stick until the end of the quarter.
Throughout the second quarter, Garnet goalie, senior Michael Brockway, was kept busy by a relentless Widener offense. However, it was the Garnet offense who would dominate the quarter, tallying four goals. Shaking off two early goals - one from Widener sophomore Robert Clemens five minutes and the other from Fox - the Garnet would return with a salvo of four goals from Hubbard, junior Steve Selverian, junior Michael Girardi, and sophomore Brendan Conway.
The half ended with the Garnet ahead 6-4.
Swarthmore was the first to score in the third quarter with a goal from Lukaszewicz in the first five minutes of play (9:59), putting the Garnet ahead 7-4. Vexed by turnovers, the Garnet saw its lead get a little slimmer when Widener senior Ryan Shewell took advantage of another Garnet penalty to make the game 7-5.
The Pride would go on to score three more goals - from Casey, junior Ryan Eidenshink, and Fox - before the period ended, making the game 8-7 in Widener's favor.
But the Garnet fought back hard in the fourth quarter. The Pride continued to pull ahead in the beginning of the quarter, aided by two goals from Fox within the first three minutes of play. After a timeout (12:07), the team cleared their heads and would go on a six goal run throughout the quarter. Molloy, Lukaszewicz, Marcik, and Belden scored four goals in a span of two minutes to put the Garnet ahead 11-10.
Two late goals from Belden and Molloy, along with tough defense from the Garnet, would seal the deal. The Garnet won by a score of 13-10.
Garnet goalie Brockway ended the game with ten saves and sophomore Geli Carabases led the team with four ground balls.