(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #2-ranked Dickinson men's lacrosse team captured its third consecutive Centennial Conference Championship, in dominant fashion, turning back #2-seed Franklin & Marshall, 16-2. The Red Devil defense was outstanding in front of All-American goaltender Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor), keeping the Diplomats scoreless until the 9:45 mark of the fourth quarter.
Senior Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) anchored the defensive effort, causing three turnovers and controlling five ground balls. He intercepted a pass and went coast-to-coast to score the first goal of his collegiate career to give Dickinson a 4-0 lead.
The game started very similar to the teams' regular season meeting here, just two weeks ago. The Red Devils struck first as senior Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) scored off a Will Scott (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) assist at the 10:57 mark of the first quarter. That was all the scoring in the early minutes as the score held at the end of one.
Long pole midfielder Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) made a great cut, receiving a beautiful feed from Parker Waldron (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) to put the Devils up, 2-0, to start the second period.
Sophomore Tyler White (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) found the net with 5:35 to play in the half, and Zouck went solo for a 4-0 advantage at the 3:56 mark. Junior Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) capitalized on an extra-man opportunity, giving the Red Devils a 5-0 lead as the teams went into halftime.
The Red Devils did not let up after the break. Scott broke free, scoring just 55 seconds into the third quarter as Dickinson would stretch the lead to 12-0 before the Diplomats were finally able to put a goal on the scoreboard.
First-year Kobi Frankel (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) finished an assist from Cannon and classmate Rob Kendall (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley) made the score, 8-0, with 10:19 on the clock. The Devils then struck twice in a span of just 10 seconds as Cannon scored unassisted Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien) scored off a feed from Palladino on the ensuing face-off.
The grew stretched to 11-0 as White found senior Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown), giving Dickinson an 11-0 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Cannon made it a dozen, scoring just 45 seconds into the final quarter. Senior A.J. Reichert spoiled the shutout, scoring with 9:45 to play in the game. He would tally the Diplomats final goal as well, scoring with 1:39 to play.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils would tally four more times, down the stretch. Cannon found room with the Devils man-down and finished an extra-man goal from Gleason with 2:51 remaining. Senior Marek Laco (Potomac, Md./Landon) got into the scoring column, putting the final touches on the win with a goal at the 2:13 mark.
Junior Carter Moore (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk) was outstanding as well, winning 15-of-18 face-offs and controlling six ground balls. First-year Greg Castro (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) was solid as well, winning 3-of-4 attempts and adding a pair of ground balls.
Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) and Slay Sudah (Franklin Park, N.Y./St. Joseph) were relentless on the defensive end while senior Jack O'Connor (New Vernon, N.J./Delbarton) turned in a solid performance as well.
Hanley finished with 15 saves and four ground balls to improve to 17-0 on the year as well.
Reichert scored both goals for the Diplomats while Cameron Setian finished with seven saves for F&M, who falls to 11-6 on the season.
The Red Devils tie the school record with their 17th win, and become the first Centennial Conference team to finish the season unbeaten overall. Cannon matched conference tournament eight goals in the tournament and broke the tournament record with 11 points, adding an assist on Saturday and two in the semifinal. He tallied five goals to lead the way on Saturday.
The Red Devils had 13 players mark the scoring column while matching the conference record for fewest goals allowed in a tournament game.
Dickinson earns the conference's automatic bid and will make its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA playoffs. The Red Devils are currently ranked second in the USILA National Coaches Poll.