Messiah vs. Drew
April 23, 2005
The Game Story:
GRANTHAM, PA – Sophomore attackmen Andrew Collins recorded eight points in the second straight game to help the Falcons improve to 7-1 in MAC play on Saturday. His six goals were a game high, while fellow attackmen Jono Lienbaugh had a game high 4 assists and added 2 goals to the cause. With the win Messiah improves to 10-2 overall and 7-1 in MAC play. The Rangers now stand at 6-6 on the year and 4-4 in the Middle Atlantic conference.

Messiah sophomore Peter McLean got things going for the Birds just 39 second in, when he scored unassisted on an eight yard shot. Fellow sophomore midfielder Adam Myers would score one on his own just 43 seconds later to go up 2-0. Freshman attackmen Alex Finch would score his three goals of the contest within a three minutes span that also included a goal from senior Nat Peirce, to build the lead to six. Goals from Collins and junior Tosh Tryon would finish the quarter’s scoring at 8-0 for the host team.

A Collins goal from Linebaugh opened up the second quarter, but three Ranger goals would be all the first half would see from there. Drew’s Gil Arbitsman, Phil Rosenau and Tom Stitt would each record goals to get their team back to within 9-3 at the half.

The Falcons would come out firing again to open the third quarter, as Collins would score three goals and Linebaugh would put in two to pace the Falcons to a 5-1 margin in the stanza, building a 14-4 lead after 45 minutes. The Rangers outscored MC 2-1 in the fourth to put the final at 15-6 in favor of the host Falcons.

Messiah’s Chris Gilbert played the first three quarters in net, accumulating 10 saves against 4 goals, before giving way to freshman Ted Oberg (4 saves, 2 GA) for the final 15:00. Drew sophomore Jason Woodford went the distance for the Rangers, stopping 15 attempts and allowing 15 goals.

Tosh Tryon won 14 of his 19 draws and picked up 10 ground balls, helping MC to the 15-10 advantage in the face-off battle. The Rangers Craig Middleton had a game high 11 GB’s, and won 8 of his 19 face-off attempts.

Next up for the Falcons is a trip to Chester, PA, to face the Pioneers of Widener University. Game time is set for 4:00PM.