Haverford vs. Muhlenberg
March 24, 2010
The Game Story:

HAVERFORD, Pa. Ė The No. 13 Haverford College menís lacrosse team mounted a late fourth quarter comeback to force overtime, but Alex Ardolinoís goal 1:59 into the extra frame lifted visiting Muhlenberg College to a 10-9 victory Wednesday evening in Centennial Conference action.

Myles Monaghan led Haverford (4-4, 0-2 CC) with four goals on the evening. Five other Fordsí scored one goal. Andrew Kim dished out a pair of assists.

Ardolino tallied a game-high five goals for Muhlenberg (3-3, 2-1 CC). Corey Aferiat added two and three others scored once. The Mules won 16 faceoffs compared to just seven for Haverford. Ian Jones was a perfect 8-for-8 on faceoffs for Muhlenberg.

The first 53 minutes of the contest saw runs from each side shape the game. Haverford scored the first two goals of the opening period, but the Mules answered with four unanswered goals to go ahead 4-2 late in the second period. Monaghan and Phillip Valliant scored before halftime to tie things up.

The Fords opened the second half the same way they did the first, scoring twice. Max Hjelm and Monaghan capped off the four-goal run to push Haverfordís lead back up to two, 6-4. The Mules responded the same way they did in the first half, with another four-goal outburst. This time it put Muhlenberg up, 8-6, less than four minutes into the fourth period.

Travis Gregory pulled HC within one near the halfway mark, but Ardolino pushed the Mules advantage back to two when Clint Watkins fed him in front of the crease. As the game approached the closing minutes the Fords pulled out some late heroics.

Haverford won the ensuing faceoff and marched right down to score on a Kim goal with 2:30 remaining. After winning the next faceoff, the Fords immediately called timeout. Out of the timeout, Zack Cohenís shot was saved by Mike Horowitz, but the Mules turned the ball over on their clear attempt. After Cohen attempted another shot which was saved Muhlenberg was called for an illegal body check with 52 seconds showing on the clock.

With the man-up opportunity the Fords worked the ball around the perimeter until Valliant found Monaghan, whose shot from the left wing found the back of the net with 15 ticks left, sending the game to overtime.

Muhlenberg won the faceoff to start overtime and held possession for 1:44. In that time two Ari Jacobson shots sailed wide. After getting the ball back after the second shot, Jacobson turned the ball over, but the Fords promptly committed a turnover at midfield on their clear attempt. Ardolino picked up the ground ball and charged down field for the game-winner.

Joe Banno (4-4) made nine saves in the loss for Haverford. Horowitz also tallied nine stops for the Mules.

Next up for the Fords will be a visit from Washington College Saturday afternoon. Game time is slated for 3 p.m.