Mcdaniel vs. Swarthmore
April 14, 2004
The Game Story:
Westminster, MD --- MLAX: Freshman Heroics Lift Terror

Steve Hoffman’s (Latham, NY / LaSalle) run from the back left-hand side of the net beat Swarthmore keeper Steven Ibister (Ellicott City, MD / St. Paul’s) to the top right corner of the net with 2:58 left in the game to give McDaniel the 9-8 decisive edge in Centennial Conference men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday. The goal was the second of the game for the freshman midfielder, who opened the game’s scoring.

The win snapped a two game skid for the Terror.

McDaniel’s freshman accounted for four points in the game, while rookie keeper J.C. Hutchins (Westminster, MD / Westminster) came up nine second half saves, including three while the Terror held onto the one-goal lead. Hoffman came on for senior keeper Mike Korba (Laurel, MD / DeMatha), who turned away seven shots in the first half, but was lifted to shake up the Terror, which trailed 6-4 going into the break.

McDaniel seized control early building a two-goal lead with a pair of extra-man markers in the first quarter. Justin Merson (New Windsor, MD / FSK) followed Hoffman with the first of his three goals in the game. Rob Weaver (Laurel, MD / Pallotti) set up Merson with the first of six helpers. The Terror scored its third goal with the man advantage in the second quarter to extend the lead to 3-1 before the Tide ripped off three unanswered goals.

Jeff Donlea (Burke, VA / Thomas Jefferson), who opened Swarthmore’s scoring, completed the natural hat trick before yielding to Tim Chryssikos (Ellicott City, MD / Loyola) who beat Korba at 9:41 to give Swarthmore a 4-3 lead. McDaniel drew even when Pete Shaffer (Sykesville, MD / S. Carroll) scored the first of his three 41 second later, but Chryssikos would bang home another pair to gain the 6-4 halftime edge.

Joe DeSimone (Rononkoma, NY / Connetquot) stretched the lead to 7-4 early in the third quarter before McDaniel answered with three-straight to draw even. Two of McDaniel’s goals in the run were scored on extra-man opportunities. The Terror made good on five of eight man-up situations.

Chryssikos gave Swarthmore its final advantage with 16 ticks left in the third. Shaffer tied the game at eight aside early in the fourth before both defenses clamped down, and both keepers came up with big saves. Swarthmore’s Ibister thwarted four McDaniel scoring chances in the final frame, while Hutchins turned away six garnet Tide shots.

Swarthmore possessed the ball at its own end line with six seconds remaining. John Charles (Chadds Ford, PA / Tatnall) took the long clear and forwarded a pass to Chryssikos who fired at the McDaniel cage from 30 yards out. The ball glanced off Hutchins as he was abandoning the cage at the horn to celebrate. The ball struck the crossbar before coming down inside the McDaniel cage. The officials promptly waved the goal off.

With the win, McDaniel improves to 4-6, 2-1, while Swarthmore slides to 4-6, 1-2. McDaniel returns to action on Saturday when the Terror travels to Stevenson, Maryland to face Villa Julie in non-conference action.