Moravian vs. Messiah
April 30, 2005
The Game Story:
Bethlehem, PA -- Senior Jono Linebaugh became the top scorer in Messiah men’s lacrosse history on Saturday, when he fed sophomore Trevor Smith a pass that would result in Smith’s first goal of the season. The assist was Linebaugh’s 75th point on the season, and 314th of his career, one more than Jason Weisenborn totaled in his great career from 1998-2001. The assist was recorded just over four minutes into the third quarter, and proved to be the final goal the Falcons would score in the 17-1 win over Moravian College.

Messiah (12-2, 9-1 Middle Atlantic Conference) would score the game’s first 17 goals, leading 8-0 after the first, 14-0 at the half, and 17-0 after three quarters. The host Greyhounds would find the net with just 42 seconds remaining, on a fast break opportunity that Nick Cacciutti would convert to put Moravian on the board.

With the win, Messiah earns their second straight regular season MAC title, and earned the top seed in next week’s post season tournament. While they will have a bye for the first round, they will await the winner of the FDU / Elizabethtown contest to be played at Etown on Monday, 5/1.

Linebaugh led all scorers with 5 goals and 4 assists on the day, while 10 other Falcons would put points in the books during the game. Midfielders Peter McLean, Nat Pierce and Ryan White would all score two goals, while Alex Finch, Andrew Collins (1a), Tim Sandusky, Pat Emery, Smith and defenseman Josh Scouten would each score once. Tosh Tryon added an assist, picked up 13 ground balls, and won 16 of his 19 face-off attempts.

Messiah senior Chris Gilbert played 30 minutes in the goal, making 2 saves. Freshman Dustin Jefferies played the third quarter and had 3 saves, before giving way to fellow rookie Ted Oberg for the fourth quarter (2 saves).

Moravian College (6-11, 3-7) freshman Peter Coutros played 45:00 for the Greyhounds, and had 18 saves, while Peter Schenenman would record two stops in the final 15:00.

The Falcons held advantages in ground balls (58-24), shots (57-16) and face-offs (18-4).

The Falcons will face either Elizabethtown College or Fairleigh Dickinson – Florham at 4:30PM next Thursday (5/5) at 4:30PM in the second round of the MAC play-offs. The winner of the post season tournament earns a bid to the Division III NCAA tournament.