Dickinson vs. Ursinus
April 29, 2011
The Game Story:
(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #6-ranked Dickinson College men's lacrosse team will play for its first Centennial Conference Tournament title on Sunday, advancing to the final with a 12-3 win over #4-seed Ursinus College on Friday afternoon.

The Bears tallied the first and last two goals of the game, but what happened in between was the key for the Red Devils. Brian Weil finished a Mike Bloom assist to put Ursinus on the board just 1:22 into the contest.

Dickinson answered with an unassisted goal from junior Ward Gruppo (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) just over two minutes later to tie the game. The Devils started to goal, scoring the next three to hold a 4-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Gruppo tallied assists to sophomores Nick Leon (Chevy Chase, Md./Gonzaga) and Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) before Matt Cherry (Radnor, Pa./Radnor) fed Bobby Kingsley (Bethesda, Md./St. Alban's) for the first of a five-goal afternoon.

Gruppo struck right out of the gate to open the second period. He netted another unassisted goal just 43 seconds after the break.

That was all the scoring for the rest of the quarter until Kingsley tacked on a pair on the final 2:36, including an unassisted, man-down goal with 1:50 remaining in the half. First-year Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien) found Kingsley 46 second earlier, giving the Devils a 7-1 lead at halftime.

Kingsley found the net twice in the third quarter while Gleason added another assist and a goal, stretching the margin to 11-1 as they headed into the final quarter of play.

Cherry finished an assist from Gleason to end the third quarter, and struck again off an assist from long-stick middie, Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Basking Ridge) midway through the fourth.

Ursinus tacked on a pair at the end, spoiling the Devil's bid to tie the conference tournament record for fewest goals allowed. Weil tallied an unassisted goal and Tyler Hughes finished a Noah Levin assist with just 25 seconds remaining in the game.

Kingsley found the net five times to pace the Devil attack with Gruppo adding two goals and a pair of assists on the day. Sophomore Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) and Palladino each caused five turnovers on the day, controlling four ground balls as well. First-year Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) controlled a game-high eight ground balls and caused three turnovers.

Sophomore goaltender Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made 12 saves in the Devil net, including five in the final quarter.

Sophomore goaltender Josh Baker made 16 saves for the Bears (9-6) while Wiel finished with a pair of goals to lead the attack.

The Red Devils tie the school record with their 15th win of the season, improving to 15-1 on the year. They will face #2-seed Gettysburg College on Sunday. Opening face-off at Biddle Field is set for 1:00 pm.