(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's lacrosse team opened the Centennial Conference season with a 10-3 win over visiting McDaniel College, on a bitter cold Wednesday afternoon.
The Red Devils jumped out to an early lead, scoring five unanswered goals in the first quarter. Senior Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) scored off the opening face-off, just six seconds into the game. Carter Moore (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) won the draw and found Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien) on the attack, ready to feed Cannon for a quick 1-0 lead.
Cannon found the net again at the 12:20 mark to stretch the lead to 2-0. Dickinson tallied three goals in the final 3:33 of the quarter, to hold a 5-0 advantage. First-year Tyler Llewellyn (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) finished an assist from sophomore Rob Kendall (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) before Cannon completed the hat-trick with his third of the game, with 2:20 remaining in the period.
First-year Chase Phillips (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) tacked on a late goal, scoring with 43 seconds on the clock.
First-year Timothy McNichol countered for McDaniel to start the second quarter, scoring at the 12:22 mark and then assisting Patrick Serio with 11:39 remaining in the half.
Llewellyn struck back for the Devils, scoring off an assist from Cannon, just over a minute later. That was all the scoring in the second quarter as Dickinson took a 6-2 lead into halftime.
After the break, it was the defense again that took the dominant role. McNichol scored the only goal of the quarter, finding the net at the 6:20 mark. Sophomore goaltender Nick Baxter (Boxford, Mass./Governor's) came up with six saves in the second quarter, and tallied four in the third.
Christian Dallmus was impressive in the nets for McDaniel as well, stopping six shots in the third quarter while both defenses were solid as well.
Dickinson tallied four goals in the fourth quarter for the final of 10-3. The Red Devils capitalized on a pair of Green Terror penalties to net two extra-man goals in the period. Cannon scored off an assist from sophomore Chris Menard (South Hadley, Mass./South Hadley) for his fourth goal of the game.
Kendall scored at the end of an extra-man opportunity, finishing an assist from Llewellyn, with 7:14 remaining in the game.
Will Scott (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) put away an assist from Cannon to stretch to margin to 9-3, with just under two minutes remaining. Sophomore Chris Clementi (Huntington, N.Y./Harborfields) closed out the scoring with six seconds remaining for the final.
Cannon turned in a great performance, scoring four goals and handing out two assists. He becomes just the second player in program history to reach the 200-point milestone. He ranks second all-time in career points as Dickinson with 124 career goals and 86 assists.
Llewellyn finished with a pair of goals and an assist while Kendall went 1-1 on the day. Baxter finished with 18 saves to earn his second win in the nets. Moore was solid once again, winning 9-of-15 face-offs and controlling six ground balls.
Senior Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's School) anchored a solid defensive effort with three caused turnovers and four GBs. Classmate Youssef Gorgi (Providence, R.I./Moses Brown) added four GBs as well.
Dallmus finished with 14 saves for McDaniel as they fall to 3-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
The Red Devils pull even at 4-4 and improve to 1-0 in the conference. They are on the road on Saturday, traveling to Ursinus College to face the Bears at 1:00 pm.