Men’s Lacrosse Prepares for Showdown Against Washington
Sam Abramson ’12 got the scoring started just 50 seconds into the game when he found the back of the net off an assist from Will Scott ’15. The Fords were able to answer to make it a tie game at the end of the first quarter. However, the next quarter and a half would prove to be anything but a tightly contested game. Dickinson would score seven consecutive times before Haverford would finally find the net again. Brian Cannon ’14 struck in the early stages of the second quarter breaking the tie and starting an outburst of scoring for the Devils. Scott then found the back of the net off a pass from Matt Cherry ’13. Abramson then capitalized on a man-down opportunity to give Dickinson a 4-1 halftime lead. Ward Gruppo ’12 and Christian Beitel ’13 each tallied goals in the third quarter as the visitors stretched the lead to seven before Haverford finally got back on the board to make it 8-2 at the end of the third. Beitel and Cannon scored a goal apiece in the fourth, while two tallies for the Fords did little to affect the outcome, as Dickinson escaped with a 10-4 victory. Cannon turned in a great performance tallying a hat trick while Chip Murray ’12 did what he has done all year, winning 10 of 15 face-offs, while picking up seven ground balls. Peter Zouck ’13 and Draper Donley ’14 anchored a strong defensive performance, causing a total of six turnovers and seven ground balls. Greg Hanley ’13, who has returned to form in these past few games, made seven saves on the day to earn the win. Nick Leon ’13 said, “It is always great to get a convincing win over a conference foe such as Haverford, but we are quickly shifting gears.” The win moved the Devils to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference. They will take on Washington College this Saturday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at Biddle Field.
Dickinson rose to fourth in the laxpower.com rankings with the win. The Red Devils currently find themselves in an intense battle for the top spot in the conference, as Dickinson, Washington, and Gettysburg all remain unbeaten.Their match this Saturday against Washington will prove crucial as the three teams battle for separation at the top. The Shoremen technically currently hold the top spot as they have one more conference win.
The Shoremen are coming off of a 13-8 victory over Muhlenberg this past Saturday. The winner of this game would be in sole possession of first place. Leon commented, “Our game with Washington College next weekend may be the biggest of the year. Washington has a strong team and they will definitely be a good test for us. I think we are playing great lacrosse right now and are a very dangerous team. There is no question that the focus and effort will be at practice all week long leading up to this bitter rivalry game, and we can’t wait to take the field on Saturday.” This will certainly be Dickinson’s biggest test yet this year and it will likely have the feeling of a playoff game.