Widener vs. Albright
May 3, 2012
The Game Story:
The Albright College men's lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 lead over Widener in the 2012 Commonwealth Conference championship game, but was held scoreless for the remaining 41 minutes of a 7-5 loss at Shirk Stadium on Thursday.

Freshman goalie Andrew Torak made nine saves in the loss, while defensive middie Joe Devinney caused three turnovers and picked up a pair of ground balls.

The Lions got off to a dream start in the first-ever Commonwealth championship, leading 4-0 after less than seven minutes. Dan Foote assisted Justin Brown 31 seconds into the game, and Bryan Smith tallied after three-plus minutes to make it 2-0.

After Widener has rippled the back-side of the netting, momentarily making the entire crowd think they had scored, the Lions came back down and made it 3-0 on T.J. Holston's strike. 62 seconds later, it was 4-0 off Foote's unassisted tally.

Joe Devinney kept things rolling early in the second quarter, scoring on a quick counter-attack on Mike Southwick's assist to push the lead to 5-0.

Widener began to creep back into the game however, cutting it to 5-2 on goals from Kyle Blakemore and Ryan Shewell. Torak made a big save on Johnny Casey, but Robert Clemens' goal in the final minute of the half allowed the Pride to get within two at the break.

Josh Fox scored to make it 5-4 in third quarter, but despite having a lead slip away the Albright defense kept fighting. Torak made a string of stops, including a tough save up high on Mark Kane with 2:45 left in the period.

Widener finally came all the way back with 12:26 to play, on another Blakemore goal. Blakemore then hit the post, but Clemens completed the rally with 5:33 to go after cutting up a defender behind the cage.

Clemens added an empty-netter with 2:34 to go for his fourth point of the night. Albright had a chance with two minutes left but Widener goalie Mac Nestler made a huge save on Smith.

The Lions finish their inaugural varsity season with a record of 16-3. Widener (9-7) will travel to Eastern on Saturday for the Middle Atlantic Conference championship game.