Haverford vs. Ursinus
April 8, 2009
The Game Story:

HAVERFORD, Pa. If you build it they will come...at least to Haverford's Swan Field.

Haverford's men's lacrosse team hosted the first ever night game on the nine-month old turf and christened the nighttime with an 11-4 Centennial Conference victory over the visiting Bears from Ursinus College.

The Fords (9-2, 5-0 CC) shot out of the gate scoring the game's first eight goals, four in each period of the opening half.

Ursinus (3-7, 1-4 CC) ended the string and Haverford goalkeeper Joe Banno's shutout bid with their first goal just twenty ticks away from halftime.

Both teams seem to have settled in with the beginning of the second half as each scored three goals apiece over the final 30 minutes under the lights.

The game's opening set the tone, however, and launched the Fords to a league victory that keeps them atop the Centennial standings.

Max Hjelm kicked off the early game run with an unassisted goal in the third minute, followed by Brian Fleishhacker's goal off an assist from Travis Gregory less than 90 seconds later.

David Lawrence and Fleishhacker added to the first period total to push the Fords to a 4-0 lead after 15 minutes of action.

The second quarter went much the same way as Hjelm netted two more, Myles Monaghan got into the act, and Fleishhacker found the back of the net for a third time.

Jason Orlando finally broke through Banno for Ursinus' goal to end the drought and take the goose-egg off the board for the visitors.

Trailing 8-1, though, left the Bears with a too big of a hill to climb against the No. 11 team in the country.

A couple of factors that played into the victory for Haverford were winning 12-of-19 face-offs -- including all five in the third period -- and a 34-21 edge in ground balls.

Both goalies, Banno and Ursinus' Tony Aquilino, came up with some timely saves in the second half. Banno finished with 10 for the game while Aquilino tallied nine in defeat.

Hjelm, four goals and one assist, and Fleishhacker, three goals and three assists, led all scorers in the contest, and Haverford's Scott Kelley finished with a game-high six ground balls.

The Fords will take to the road in their next outing but will continue to play under the lights as they'll travel to Franklin & Marshall (3-6, 1-3 CC) on Saturday night for a 7 p.m. Centennial match-up.