Albright vs. Widener
May 1, 2013
The Game Story:
Ryan Eidenshink scored in overtime to give Widener a 6-5 Commonwealth Conference semifinal win, as the Albright College men's lacrosse team played another thriller with the Pride in Shirk Stadium.

Before Eidenshink's goal, Ryan Turner had a chance for Albright but Widener goalie Mac Nestler got his stick down low to make a season-saving stop.

Freshman Matthew Lomady sent the game into overtime with 1:17 to play, converting a man-up goal to tie the game at 5-5. With 2:07 to play, Widener's Josh Fox had scored through a crowd to take a late lead.

Lomady finished with two goals, while sophomore Philip Potter totaled four assists for the Red and White.

The Lion defense played well, with Joe Devinney and Mike Donohoe each causing three turnovers and picking up three ground balls. Kyle McCabe had nine ground balls, and goalie Jordan DiZenzo saved eight shots.

Albright trailed 3-2 at halftime, but successfully killed off four power plays while earning just one man-advantage. The two goalies combined for 12 first half stops, including seven by DiZenzo.

The Lions had to avoid falling into a hole early. Widener scored just 34 seconds in and then earned a man-advantage chance in the opening minute, but the Lions killed it off. Albright would also survive a 30-second 6-on-4 late in the first quarter, with DiZenzo making a nice save.

Mike Southwick finished a nice rip, from Potter's assist, to tie the game at 1-1 with 4:58 left in the first. Nestler then made a good save on Darian Meador, who had run in free down the middle.

Down 2-1 with 9:57 left in the second, Potter hit Lomady with a pass across the zone and the freshman scored to tie the game again.

Justin Brown had two great chances in the second quarter, picking up a ground ball and bouncing a shot off the underside of the crossbar, and then being saved point blank up high. Widener scored right after a timeout late in the quarter, and Robert Clemens hit the post in the final 10 seconds before the break.

With Albright down 4-3 early in the fourth quarter, freshman Kenny Pastore pushed a man out of bounds for a caused turnover and Brown converted at the other end. Pastore was making his first career start as the Lions battled with three starters out injured.

Brown lost the ball with five minutes to go, but ran down Timothy Winslow to force him out of bounds and get it back for Albright. The Lions had possession at the end of regulation, but T.J. Holston was dispossessed in the final seconds.

Albright (13-4) loses at home to Widener in the playoffs for the second straight season, after beating the Pride in overtime in both years' regular season matchups. Widener moves on to face Stevenson in the Commonwealth championship, while the Lions await ECAC seeding on Monday.