(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's lacrosse team came out on top in a Top-10 showdown on Wednesday afternoon as the #7-ranked Red Devils posted a 12-6 decision on #5-Cabrini College.
Senior goaltender Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) anchored a tremendous defensive effort, making 20 saves on the afternoon.
After a slow start, the Red Devils put away a pair of goals late in the first quarter. First-year Chris Menard (South Hadley, Mass./South Hadley) struck first with 3:22 remaining. They capitalized on a fast break as senior long-pole defender Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) fed a beautiful pass to classmate Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) at the 1:09 mark.
The Cavaliers pulled even in the second quarter, breaking through for a goal at the 6:08 mark and finishing an extra-man opportunity as time expired to knot the game, 2-2.
All-American long-pole midfielder Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) gave the Devils the lead once again, scoring off an assist from first-year Mattison Hamilton (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), with just 11 seconds remaining in the half.
First-year Rob Kendall (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley) tried to give the Devils a little breathing room, scoring off an assist from Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) with 9:19 to play in the third period. Cabrini answered less than a minute later as Andrew Protenic scored off an assist from Andre Layne.
Junior Will Scott (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) found the net, finishing an assist from senior Nick Leon (Chevy Chase, Md./Gonzaga). The Cavaliers answered again, this time with an unassisted tally from Joey Shallow.
Dickinson did finally put some distance between them and the Cavaliers as Tyler White (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) and Beitel closed out the quarter with unassisted goals at the 3:48 and 2:09 marks, to stretch the lead to, 7-4, at the end of the third.
The Red Devils controlled the better part of the fourth quarter, outscoring the guests, 5-2. Bobby Thorp scored off an assist from Mike Leyden before the Devils finished the game with a 4-1 run.
Senior Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) scored from long range with 13:29 on the clock. Beitel and Cannon connected to give Dickinson its largest lead of the day, 9-5, at the 11:43 mark. Thorp found Damian Sobieski for the Cavs' final tally of the day, just 33 seconds later.
The Red Devil defense was solid all afternoon, despite facing 42 shots on the day. Zouck controlled five ground balls while junior Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) picked-up three and forced a turnover.
Junior Carter Moore (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) claimed 11 face-off wins and controlled a game-high nine ground balls.
Shallow led #5-Cabrini with a pair of goals while Anthony DiNenno won nine face-offs. Erick Zarnecki made 13 saves in goal as the Cavaliers slip to 1-1 on the season.
The #7-ranked Red Devils improved to 3-0 on the season. They travel to Montclair State University on Saturday for a 3:00 pm face-off.