(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #2-ranked Dickinson men's lacrosse team advanced to the Centennial Conference Championship game for the third straight year, posting a, 14-7, win over visiting Washington College in the semifinals on Wednesday. The Red Devils will look to defend their title for the second time, and willhost #2-Franklin & Marshall on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils jumped out to an early, 4-0, lead but Washington didn't break, answering back to pull even earlier in the second period. Junior Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) put Dickinson on the board, scoring off an assist from classmate Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien) at the 12:33 mark of the first quarter.
First-year Chris Menard (South Hadley, Mass./South Hadley) and senior Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) tallied unassisted goals before Cannon dished out an assist to Tyler White (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) and put the Devils up, 4-0, with 3:59 to play in the quarter.
The Shoremen came alive, netting three goals to close out the quarter. Bennett Cord found the net with an extra-man goal, finishing an assist from Stephen Luck at the 3:23 mark to start the run. Michael Trapp won the face-off and scored, and Cord found Jim Cusick to make the score, 4-3, at the end of the period.
Sid Looney tied the game with 10:12 to play in the first half. Menard put Dickinson back on top at 7:34, putting away an assist from senior Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) and long pole defenseman Jack O'Connor (New Vernon, N.J./Delbarton) caused a turnover and scored on his own to give the Devils a 6-4 advantage.
Long pole Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) made a beautiful behind the back pass to Gleason to save a ball on the sideline at the end of the half. The play led to another goal for Menard as Gleason found him with just six seconds on the clock for a 7-4, halftime lead.
Matt Lewis made it 7-5 to start the third quarter before a brilliant play from Cannon, right in front of the net, quickly put the Devils back in front by three, just 40 seconds later.
This triggered another four-goal run for the Devils. Will Scott (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) scored at the 5:27 mark and Brett Parker (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) found the net off an assist from White with 4:46 to play. White netted his second of the game as the Devils started to pull away, 11-5, with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter.
Kodie Englehart made a strong move to the cage, capitalizing on traffic in front of the net to score with 1:04 on the clock. Cannon fed Parker with 22 seconds to go, to give Dickinson a 12-6 lead at the end of three quarters of play.
Cannon and White each completed hat-tricks with fourth quarter goals, sandwiching a pair of goals around another tally from Sid Looney for the final of 14-7.
Cannon led the way with three goals and two assists while Menard and White also recorded hat-tricks on the day.
Slay Sudah (Franklin Park, N.J./St. Joseph) did an outstanding job defensively, holding the Shoremen's leading scorer to just one goal and two assists on the day. Zouck controlled five ground balls, as did long pole Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's).
Carter Moore (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) won 12 face-offs and controlled nine ground balls on the afternoon. Senior goaltender Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) finished with 17 saves and five ground balls with another solid performance in the nets.
The Red Devils improve to 16-0 on the season and will return to the conference championship game on Saturday afternoon, facing Franklin & Marshall at 1:00 pm.