Messiah vs. Widener
April 28, 2004
The Game Story:
Messiah wins battle for first in MAC with 11-4 victory over Widener. Grantham, PA (4/28/04)

Senior attackmen Reed Horanburg scored 6 goals and added an assist to lead the Falcons to a 11-4 victory over the Pioneers on Wednesday. Fellow attackmen Jono Linebaugh and Kevin Dennstaedt both netted two of their own to help MC improve to 10-3 on the year and 8-1 in MAC play. Widener also drops to 8-1 in conference, and 9-4 on the season.

Horanburg opened the scoring at the 8:20 mark of the first, but Widener would answer with just :08 seconds left on a Todd Fairlie goal to knot it at one a piece after 15:00. Horanburg opened the second quarters scoring as well, with another unassisted goal at 6:08, on EMO. The Pioneers would answer with goals at 1:55 from Alan Krawitz and at :07 from Fairlie again to take a 3-2 lead into the half. Fairlie and Krawitz would lead Widener with two goals each.

Messiah would score the next 7 goals of the contest to take a commanding lead at 9-3 with 8:31 left in the contest. Linebaugh and Dennstaedt would score two a piece in that run, while Horanburg would finish three more to build the six goal margin.

Widener defender Alex Edwards would set up Krawitz on a break for the Pioneers final goal at 6:48. Messiah sophomore Tosh Tryon would supply a answer just :09 seconds later, as he won the face-off and pushed the ball for his shot and goal at 6:39. Tryon would win 11 of the game's 16 face-offs, and pick up 6 ground balls on the game. Horanburg scored his sixth and final goal to end the game's scoring and finalize the 11-4 score.

Messiah junior keeper Chris Gilbert would make 13 saves on the day, allowing 4 Pioneer goals in 60 minutes. Widener freshman Mike Cozza went the distance for the Pioneers, stopping 14 Falcon attempts, allowing 11 goals. The Falcons held the shot advantage at 46-31, and the ground ball battle at 50-40. Widener went 0-6 on EMO, while Messiah went 2-5.

Messiah will wrap up their regular season campaign on Saturday, May 1st, when they host MAC opponent Moravian College at 2:00PM on Anderson Field. A victory Saturday would provide the Falcons with their first ever MAC regular season championship, and the top seed in next week's conference tournament.