Widener vs. Messiah
April 27, 2005
The Game Story:
CHESTER, Pa. ‚~@~S Sophomore attack Andrew Collins scored two goals in the
first quarter as Messiah (11-2, 8-1 Middle Atlantic Conference) jumped out
to a 6-3 first quarter lead and never looked back in a 11-7 win over Widener
(8-4, 8-1 Middle Atlantic Conference) Wednesday afternoon.

With the win, Messiah and Widener are now tied atop the conference
standings, with Messiah holding the tie breaker and the inside track to the
top spot in the playoffs.

Widener had its eight-game winning streak snapped, and scored under ten
goals for the first time since a 9-8 loss in overtime to Franklin and
Marshall on March 5, 2005.

The Pioneers did take an early 1-0 as freshman attack Luke Weber (Lititz,
PA/Manheim Township) scored just 32 seconds into the game. Messiah struck
back with three straight goals for a 3-1 lead.

Widener stopped the run when junior attack Todd Fairlie (Broomall, PA/Marple
Newtown) scored his first of two goals on the day at the 8:55 mark in the
first for a 3-2 Messiah lead.

Freshman midfielder Tim Sandusky scored with 7:27 left as Messiah went back
on top 4-2. Sandusky along with Collins, senior attack Jono Linebaugh,
junior midfielder Tosh Tyron and freshman midfielder Alex Finch each had two
goals on the day.

After Widener sophomore midfielder Gavin Goane (Springfield, PA/Springfield)
scored with 3:51 left in the first, Messiah scored the last two goals of the
quarter for a 6-3 lead.

Messiah opened up the second quarter scoring with two goals in the first
four minutes as Linebaugh and Tryon found the back of the net.

Widener scored the last three goals of the quarter to cut the halftime
Messiah lead to 8-6. Junior attack Dennis Mann (Havertown, PA/Haverford)
scored with 10:13 left, followed by a goal from Fairlie at the 7:18 mark.
Weber scored the last goal of the half with just 1:15 left.

Widener went scoreless in the third, while Messiah scored two goals in the
quarter when Finch and Tryon scored nine seconds apart in the opening part
of the quarter.

Each team added a goal in the fourth with Goane scoring at the 8:38 mark and
Linebaugh scoring at the 8:12 mark.

Widener sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Johnson (Wallingford, PA/Strath Haven)
made nine saves while Messiah senior goalkeeper Chris Gilbert had 16.

Widener will go to King‚~@~Ys on Saturday, before opening the Middle
Atlantic Conference playoffs at home on Thursday in the semifinals.