Dickinson vs. Skidmore
March 14, 2012
The Game Story:
(Towson, Md) – The #10-ranked Dickinson College men's lacrosse team erupted in the third quarter to take control of the game en route to a 19-3 win over Skidmore College at Calvert Hall on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils struck first, taking a 2-0 lead in the first quarter. Nick Leon (Chevy Chase, Md./Gonzaga) put the Devils on the board at the 8:13 mark, scoring off an assist from first-year Brett Parker (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's). The Devils tallied again with just four seconds on the clock as senior Sam Greenberg (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) finished an assist from junior Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor).

Ward Gruppo (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) stretched the lead to 3-0 with an unassisted goal just 51 seconds into the second quarter. Skidmore answered with back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to 3-2 with 11:44 remaining in the half. Gruppo answered with another unassisted tally to make the score 4-2.

The Devils struck twice in the final 20 seconds of the half to go up, 6-2, at the break. Sam Abramson (Alexandria, Va./Potomac) found the net from long range with just 19 ticks on the clock. Junior long-stick Jack O'Connor (New Vernon, N.J./Delbarton) picked up the ball on the ensuing face-off and went straight to goal, scoring with a shot to the upper right corner for the first goal of his career.

The Devils took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Thoroughbreds, 8-1. Abramson wasted little time, stretching the lead to 7-2, just 28 seconds after the break. Greenberg scored off an assist from Will Scott (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) a little over a minute later for an 8-2 advantage.

Skidmore broke up the run with a goal at the 7:49 mark before the Devils responded with six straight to close out the quarter with a 14-3 lead. Collin Farrell (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern) started the run while Greenberg scored twice at the end of the quarter, connecting again with Scott and Cherry.

The Devils opened the fourth quarter with a beautiful long-stick to long-stick goal off the face-off. Junior Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) zipped a brilliant pass to sophomore Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's), who found the back of the net with his first collegiate goal, just 20 seconds into the period.

Abramson capitalized on a turnover, scoring man-down with 11:26 remaining in the game. Junior Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) returned to form, adding a goal at the 8:44 mark. Eddie Finnochiaro (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) added a pair of goals for the final of 19-3.

Abramson and Greenberg each finished with four goals to lead the attack while Gruppo tallied three goals and an assist. Cherry finished with three assists while Scott tallied a pair.

Junior Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) was a force on the defensive end, causing seven turnovers and controlling seven ground balls. Donley picked up six GBs on the night to go with his goal.

Senior Chip Murray (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) had another strong outing, winning 14-of-22 face-offs while controlling seven ground balls. He becomes the 11th player in program history to reach the 200-ground ball milestone. Carter Moore (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) came on to win 4-of-4 attempts, controlling four GBs.

Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made six saves on the day. Max Pawk (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley) made a pair of saves in the final nine minutes.

The 10th-ranked Red Devils improve to 5-1 on the season. They return home to face Widener University at 3:00 pm on Saturday.