Eastern vs. Haverford
March 11, 2009
The Game Story:

ST. DAVIDS, Pa. - A stretch of 12 unanswered goals propelled Haverford College (3-1) to a 22-5 victory over Eastern University (1-2) on Wednesday afternoon on the Eagles' home turf.

After Haverford's Max Hjelm opened the scoring in the game's fourth minute, Eastern jumped on the Fords to take a 3-1 lead.

Brian Fleishhacker and Hjelm then kicked off a 12 goal run by the visiting Scarlet and Black to dampen the spirits of the Eagles who were looking to knock off the No. 18 team in the nation.

Fleishhacker scored the first of the 12 followed by Hjelm's second goal -- with :01 left on the first quarter clock -- to pull Haverford even at 3-3.

In the opening minutes of the second quarter Fleishhacker netted two more scores then Myles Monaghan and Hjelm scored 13 seconds apart to make the score 7-3 in favor of the Fords.

Later in the second quarter Monaghan and Fleishhacker teamed up for another pair of quick goals only 10 seconds apart to give Haverford a 9-3 lead entering the half.

Hjelm and Dillon Hamill opened the third quarter scoring with goals only 17 seconds apart before Zack Cohen closed out the 12-goal run with his first on the day at the 11:42 mark of the third.

The outburst covered a little more than 21 minutes and spanned three quarters.

Back in the nets for the Fords, starter Joe Banno recovered quickly from the fast Eastern start and made eight saves while allowing just one more Eagle score before giving way to Ryan Herz-Thyhsen and then Ian Holmes who closed out the game in goal for Haverford.

The Fords out shot Eastern by a 50-25 count and put 34 shots on the Eagles goal compared to only 15 that the trio of Haverford goalies faced on net.

Face-offs and ground balls were also heavily weighted in the Fords' favor as Haverford won 21-of-30 draws -- with Kyle Norton registering and 11-for-12 day -- and picked up 42 ground balls to just 30 by Eastern.

Hjelm and Monaghan led all scorers with five goals each while Fleishhacker chimed in with four in the win. In all, 10 different Fords scored. Fleishhacker added three assists in the game to finish with a seven-point afternoon. Jason Leeds also had three assists for the winning Fords.

Eastern was led by Michael Ryan and Ben O'Donnell who both scored twice. Zach Rivest made 12 saves but gave up 18 goals to take the loss in net for the Eagles.

The next outing for Haverford will be on Saturday afternoon and will open up Centennial Conference play as the Fords will host Gettysburg for a 3 p.m. contest on the turf at Swan Field.