Cannon Leads Balanced Attack in Season Opener
(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #7-ranked Dickinson men's lacrosse team opened the 2014 season with a decisive, 17-4 win over visiting Lycoming College on Wednesday afternoon.
The Red Devils struck first at the 8:51 mark and were in control of the game the whole afternoon. Sophomore Chris Menard (South Hadley, Mass./South Hadley) sniped the top-right corner of the net, off an assist from senior Will Scott (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) for the first tally of the season.
Scott found the net off the ensuring face-off as senior Carter Moore (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) tallied the assist after winning possession. Scott tallied again and senior Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien) gave Dickinson a 4-0 advantage, scoring with just one second remaining in the first quarter.
Senior Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) recorded a hat-trick around a goal he assisted to Scott, to start the second period, stretching the lead to 8-0.
Gleason found Menard for his second tally of the day before Lycoming put a goal on the board at the 1:59 mark. Matt McCaffer finished an assist from Sean Reilly to make the score, 9-1. Junior Ace Sudah (Franklin Park, N.J./St. Joseph) picked-up a ground ball and went to goal to give the Devils a 10-1 lead, heading into halftime.
Cannon dished out a pair of assists to open the second half, finding first-year Tyler Llewellyn (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) and Menard, for his third goal of the day.
Long pole Graham Parsons (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) forced a turnover and fed Gleason on a fast break to close out the third period with the Devils on top, 13-1.
Lycoming came out strong to open the fourth quarter, putting together a 3-1 run behind two more goals from McCaffer. Junior George Mazarakis (Montclair, N.J./Kent) put one in the back of the net, finishing an assist from Will Trevenen (Montclair, N.J./Taft) at the 3:27 mark.
Sophomore Greg Castro (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) made a beautiful dodge off his own face-off and scored with 3:16 remaining. First-year Chase Phillips (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) tallied the final goal of the day, scoring off another assist from Trevenen.
Moore was dominant on face-offs, winning 11-of-12 and controlling nine ground balls. Castro won 5-of-6 on the day while first-year Tyler Golian (Centreville, Va./Gonzaga) claimed 5-of-6 as well, controlling four GBs.
Senior captain Youssef Gorgi (Providence, R.I./Moses Brown) stepped into a starting role on defense and turned in a strong performance with three caused turnovers and three GBs. Junior Michael Smith (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) was solid as well, causing four turnovers to go with four GBs.
Cannon led the way with three goals and three assists while Menard and Scott added hat-tricks as well. Gleason finished with two goals and two assists.
Alex Wylly made 16 stops in the cage for Lycoming.
The Red Devils travel to the St. Paul's School on Saturday to face St. Mary's College of Maryland at 1:00 pm.