Swarthmore vs. Goucher
March 3, 2007
The Game Story:
SWARTHMORE, Pa. ~V Freshman attack Tyler Bradshaw~Rs first
collegiate goal concluded another exciting chapter in the
Swarthmore/Goucher men~Rs lacrosse rivalry, lifting the hometown
Garnet to a 5-4 season-opening comeback win in double overtime at
blustery Clothier Field Saturday afternoon.

Swarthmore~Rs game-winner started in its own defensive end when
sophomore Jacob Metzger knocked the ball free from the stick of
Goucher~Rs Brian Hoge. Garnet midfielder Todd Friedman ~R09,
seemingly in the middle of every big hit on Saturday, picked up the
loose ball with 33 second left in the second overtime and streaked
into the Swarthmore offensive zone. Friedman appeared determined to
reach the goal and three Gopher defenders step up to stop his
momentum, leaving Bradshaw open on the far post. Friedman dumped the
ball to Bradshaw who one-timed the ball over the shoulder of Goucher
goalie Austin Main, setting off a large celebration by the Garnet
faithful.

It is the third time the Gophers (0-2) and Swarthmore (1-0) have gone
to extra time in the past five seasons. Current Garnet captain Jay
Charles netted a game-winner in Towson, Md. in 2006 to propel
Swarthmore to an 8-7 victory in the third overtime in the most recent
affair.

The Garnet were in a hole early as Goucher took a 2-0 lead after the
first period. Ross Nochumowitz scored the Gophers~R first goal off a
feed from Dam Flamholz at 14:12 and Dave Duff put up an unassisted
score with 12 seconds remaining.

Garnet junior attack Chris Harman put the home team on the board at
11:33 in the second period, finishing off a pass from sophomore Will
Predun. The Gophers assumed a 3-1 lead at the intermission when
Flamholz scored his first goal of the season at 2:38. The visitors
extended the lead out to three goals when Alan Tiet put home his
second goal after receiving an offering from Sam Fitzpatrick at 4:20
in the third period.

Swarthmore began its comeback at the end of the third period as
Bradshaw lofted a pass to sophomore Stelios Wilson in front of the
Gophers~R cage. Wilson out-leaped a Goucher defender and slam-dunked
the ball into the net with four seconds remaining in the period.

The Garnet energy continued to build in the fourth period; senior
Ryan McKenna scored right out of a Swarthmore time-out off an assist
from Ben Young ~R09 at 11:20 and classmate Gavin Nurick tied the game
at 4-4 with his first goal of the season at 1:31.

The two teams traded great scoring chances at the start of the first
overtime, but Main and Swarthmore netminder Frank Mazzucco ~R08 made
a pair of saves to preserve the tie. Mazzucco finished the afternoon
with 14 saves while Main tallied 11 stops for the Gophers.

Goucher dominated the face-offs as Jerod Richardson won 10 of 13 for
the Gophers. Goucher also led in the shot category 38-34 while the
Garnet picked up 24 ground balls to Goucher~Rs 21.

Swarthmore continues its non-conference slate on Wednesday, March 7
with a 7:00 p.m. game at Drew University. The Garnet return home on
Saturday, March 10 for a 1:00 p.m. contest with the College of
Wooster.