(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #2-ranked Dickinson men's lacrosse team improved to 9-0 on the season with an 8-3 win over Ursinus College on Saturday afternoon. The win gives the Red Devils another school record, setting the mark for the best start to a season with nine straight wins.
The Bears struck first to take a 1-0 lead as Ian Moore found some space just 1:17 into the contest. The Red Devils answered almost immediately, scoring off the ensuing face-off to pull even, just seven seconds later. Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) fed Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien) at the 13:36 mark.
Cannon scored at the 8:05 mark to give the Devils a 2-0 lead at the end of a low scoring first quarter. The second would bring much of the same as the teams went up and down the field with strong play in the midfield for both sides.
The Red Devils found the net again with 9:28 to play in the half. Long pole midfielder Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) cleared the ball for Dickinson and assisted first-year Rob Kendall (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley) to stretch the lead to 3-1.
Sophomore Tyler White (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) tallied an unassisted goal with 3:04 to play in the half for a 4-1 advantage. The Bears cut the lead to 4-2, scoring with just one second on the clock as Moore fed Jake Weber for his six goal of the season.
Gleason finished an assist from Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) to open the third quarter before the Bears answered again with a goal by Steve Mussoline at the 3:45 mark.
The Devils struck twice in the final 1:24 to hold a 7-3 advantage over the Bears at the end of the third quarter. Kobi Frankel (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) scored off another assist for Cannon and sophomore Brett Parker (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) found the net with just 21 seconds to go in the period.
There was just one goal in the fourth, but it was a beauty as Palladino picked-up a ground ball and found some room to net his first goal of the season for the final of 8-3.
Both goaltenders turned in outstanding performances on the day. First-year Brian Neff made 20 saves for the Bears while Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made 10 stops for the Devils and controlled six ground balls.
Junior Carter Moore (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) won 9-of-13 face-offs on the day and recorded six ground balls. Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) and Jack O'Connor (New Vernon, N.J./Delbarton) each picked-up four ground balls and caused three turnovers.
Parker Waldron (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) added three caused turnovers as well. Cannon led the attack with a pair of goals and an assist.
The Red Devils improve to 9-0 overall, and 2-0 in the Centennial Conference. They are home again next Saturday, hosting Haverford College at 12:00 pm.