Eighth-Ranked Devils Top Bears 11-4, Improve to 8-1
(Collegeville, Pa.) – The Dickinson College men's lacrosse team, ranked eighth in the latest USILA Coaches' Poll, improved to 2-0 in the Centennial Conference and 8-1 overall, posting an 11-3 win at Ursinus on Saturday.
Senior captains Ward Gruppo (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) and Sam Abramson (Alexandria, Va./Potomac) sandwiched a pair of goals around a score from Mark Stratton to give the Devils a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Gruppo tallied an unassisted mark with 12:20 on the clock and Abramson answered Stratton's tally with 2:03 remaining in the period.
Gruppo found the net 10 seconds earlier in the second, scoring at the 12:30 mark to stretch the lead to 3-1. The lead would grow to 6-1 behind three more unassisted goals as Brett Parker (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's), Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) and Sam Greenberg (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) put themselves in the scoring column.
The Bears capitalized on an extra-man opportunity as Stratton fed Jake Weber to cut the lead to 6-2 with 20 seconds remaining in the first half.
Ursinus came out fired-up, scoring in the opening 34 seconds to cut the deficit to 6-3. The Devils would respond, scoring three goals in a span of 2:31 to hold a 9-3 advantage at the 8:37 mark of the third quarter.
Gruppo struck with his third goal of the game at the 6:43 mark and Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) closed out the scoring for the Devils, finishing an assist from Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien) with 2:32 on the clock.
Stratton would strike again with 1:24 remaining for the final of 11-4. He finished the day with two goals and two assists to lead Ursinus (5-3, 1-2). T.J. Magnani made six saves on the afternoon.
Gruppo tallied the hat-trick to lead the way for Dickinson as the Red Devils improve to 8-1 and 2-0 in conference play. The Devils had 10 players in the scoring column. Cherry added a goal and an assist, ranking him tied for eighth in career assists with 52.
Junior Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) turned in strong performance in the Dickinson cage, making 11 saves on the day. Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) anchored another solid defensive effort, recording four ground balls.
Chip Murray (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) won six face-offs and controlled four GBs while Carter Moore (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) came on to claim 3-of-3 attempts, collecting a pair of GBs.
The Red Devils travel to Haverford College on Saturday for a 3:00 pm face-off.