(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #9-ranked Dickinson men's lacrosse team held off a tenacious effort from Eastern University, pulling away in the fourth quarter for an 11-5 victory.
The Eagles struck first as Mark Buannic finished an assist from Sean Fechter before the Red Devils countered with goals from four different players to take a 4-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Long pole middie Nate Usich (Avon, Conn./Avon Old Farms) had a nice feed to Max Menkes (Potomac, Md./Bullis) to put the Red Devils in front, and Tyler Strods (Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles) and Matt Donnelly (Frenchtown, N.J./Delaware Valley Regional) added unassisted goals in the opening quarter.
The second quarter saw just three goals as Joel Mayo (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Berkshire) and Brodie Phillips (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) sandwiched a pair of goals around a strike from Jake Billera to give Dickinson a 6-2 advantage at halftime.
The Eagles scored a man-up goal for the lone tally of the third period as solid defensive play from both teams kept the offenses in check.
The Red Devils came alive in the fourth, erupting with three goals in a span of just 46 seconds, including back-to-back scores from Nick Goles (Monkton, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) to put Dickinson up 9-3, with 8:52 remaining in the game.
Mayo and Donnelly added to the run before Eastern found the net twice in the final two minutes for the final of 11-5.
Junior face-off specialist Ryan Campbell (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fairhaven) turned in a dominant performance, winning 15-of-17 face-offs and controlling eight ground balls on the afternoon.
Phillips led a balanced offensive attack with a goal and two assists while Goles, Mayo and Donnelly each finished with two goals. Usich picked up seven GBs, forcing a pair of turnovers while Jack Doran (Ardmore, Pa./Haverford School) controlled three ground balls.
Cole Pellicano (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) was outstanding between the pipes, making 13 saves as the man-down unit weathered 4-of-5 challenges on the day.
The Red Devils improve to 8-2 on the season. They are on the road next weekend, traveling to Haverford College for a 3:00 pm start.