Ursinus Takes Down WAC 7-6

Ursinus Takes Down WAC 7-6

Ursinus Takes Down WAC 7-6

Ursinus Takes Down WAC 7-6

COLLEGEVILLE, PA -- Anthony Tori found Mike Stein for an extra-man goal with just 11 seconds left on the clock to give host Ursinus College a 7-6 Centennial Conference men's lacrosse victory over sixth-ranked Washington College tonight in Collegeville, PA. The Bears improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play with the win, while the Shoremen fell to 7-2 and 2-1 with the loss.

Ursinus held a 3-1 lead at halftime. Scott Boyle put the Bears on the board first with a goal with 11:50 left in the first quarter, but the Shoremen tied things up when freshman defenseman Thom Cecere (Edgewater, MD/St. Mary's) found senior attackman Chris Mancini (Ocean City, MD/Worcester Prep) for a goal with 6:44 left in the first. Ursinus scored the only two goals of the second quarter as Tori scored an extra-man goal off a Dane Mangin assist with 10:25 remaining and Stein scored off a Pat Nagle feed with 7:16 left before the break.

Washington junior attackman Chris Read (Baltimore, MD/Boys Latin) scored off an assist from senior midfielder Mike Hughes (Pasadena, MD/Mount St. Joseph) just 11 seconds into the third quarter, but the Bears answered 13 seconds later as Mangin scored off an assist from Seth Bakes to make it 4-2. WC junior midfielder Kolyn Kirby (Chestertown, MD/Kent County) cut the lead back to one goal when he scored off an assist from sophomore attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) with 10:30 left in the third, but Ursinus responded again as Mangin scored with 7:24 remaining in the period. The Shoremen rallied at the end of the third to tie the score at 5-5 as Kirby scored off a feed from senior midfielder Andrew Ostrusky (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park/Bridgton, ME) at 6:02 and Read scored off a Kielek assist with five seconds left in the quarter.

Neither team would score again until 4:07 remained in the fourth quarter when Tori fired in an unassisted marker to give the Bears a 6-5 advantage. Read knotted the score at 6-6 with a goal with 1:14 remaining. Bakes won the ensuing face-off for the Bears as Eric Hoffman picked up the ground ball. Cecere was whistled for a slashing penalty with 55 seconds to go, setting up the extra-man opportunity and Tori's game winner with 11 seconds left. Hughes picked up the ground ball to win the ensuing face-off, but a final shot by Washington senior defenseman Jon Kenney (Amherst, NY/Amherst) went wide in the final seconds as Ursinus held on for the win.

Washington held a 36-24 advantage in shots in the game, but Ursinus goalie Matt Orlando made 17 saves for the Bears, including nine in the first half when the Shoremen converted on just one of their 16 shots.

Tori and Mangin led Ursinus with two goals and one assist each. Read scored three goals and assisted on another for the Shoremen, while sophomore goalie Gordon Cohen (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) made six saves.

The Shoremen return to action Saturday with a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against 16th-ranked Haverford.

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Big Upset!
    by (#136419) on 3/29/07 @4:27PM
Wow! Where did Ursinus come from? I know they have a good tradition in women's lacrose, but I had never really heard about their men's team until yesterday. Congratulations Bears!!

P.S.-When was the last time they beat Washington College?
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Big Setup!!
    by (#78222) on 3/29/07 @5:32PM
Nappy...Ursinus is 0-4 vs Washington College and was 4-11 last year. Where did I get such profound info you ask.....take a break from pounding keys and peruse the WC media guide from their lacrosse page. It's fairly good. On a lighter note, Villa Droolie should join the Centennial Conference and leave the CAC, where the only contest is for second place! GO GULLS!!! terps too
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Could Ursinus be the darlings of DIII this season?
    by (#136419) on 3/29/07 @5:38PM
What do you all think? And, yes, I agree that Villa Julie should join the Centennial Conference.
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No way
    by (#1248) on 3/29/07 @8:38PM
No more than Haverford. By the way, the Hornets of Lynchburg whacked Ursinus and Haverford already this year. This is a great win for Ursinus, there have been some huge wins by lesser known programs in the state of PA this year. Dickinson over Roanoke, Cabrini over W&L, Haverford over Gettysburg and now Ursinus over WAC. If Salisbury were not in DIII it would be anyone's year, of course it looked that way last year too.
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