Eastern vs. Immaculata
April 28, 2007
The Game Story:
Prior to this afternoon's final home game against Immaculata, the Eastern University Men's Lacrosse team was in the unfamiliar position

of having locked up a berth in the PAC playoffs. The Eagles secured that berth by virture of holding head-to-head advantage over Misericordia, who entered the day as the only team who could tie them. The Eastern squad struggled early against their fiesty and undermanned visitors, but used a a three goal burst in a minute to close the first half to seize control of the game and eventually win 14-8. Nick Mandia paced the Eagles with seven goals and a pair of assists.

The visitors jumped to an early 1-0 lead on Tom Hartney's first of two on the day three minutes into the game. Eastern launcehed eight shots in the opening period, but did not score until after twelve minutes had passed when Pat Dempsey scored an unassisted goal. Mandia raced in from behind the cage with 1:40 left to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.

After the first period ended with Eastern goalie Zach Rivest getting hit in the crease on a long clear, the Eagles started the second with possession a man up. Sophomore midfielder Michael Ryan fired a deep shot off a Nate Trunfio pass to lift the Eagles to a 3-1 lead. The Mighty Macs bounced back with two straight befroe Mandia scored his second on a pass from Ben O'Donnell to give the Eagles a 4-3 lead with twelve to play.

The second period continued with the Eagles up and holding possession until Geoff Lorentz tucked away a pass from Alan Lorentz to tie the game with five minutes to go in the half. The Mighty Macs scored a minute later on a man-up goal to seize the lead on Eastern's senior day.

Kyle Dresser started the Eagle rally with an unassisted tally with 3:17 on the clock. Dresser then fed O'Donnell for the go-ahead goal fifteen seconds later. Mandia ended the half with his third of the game.

The Mighty Macs refused to quit and scored the first two goals of the second half to tie the game at seven just five minutes into the second half. The playoff bound Eagles came out of a timeout and scored seven of the next eight goals to earn their program record seventh win of the year. Ryan, Dempsey, and O'Donnell each finished the game with a pair of goals, and Mandia was unstoppable with four of the final five goals of the day.

Immaculata goalie Andrew Sim finished the day with 22 saves as the Eagles launched 49 shots for the afternoon. Zach Rivest made seven saves in the win. The Eagles improve to 7-9 on the year and 4-3 in the PAC, and will travel to Cabrini for the PAC semi-finals next week. Prior to the game, Eastern honored seniors Ben Peddicord and Chris Franklin for the contribution to the second year program.