Preston, McDaniel get season off on high note with 19-4 win over Moravian

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Gibbs Preston (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) converted on his first six shots of the season and finished with six goals and two assists to lead McDaniel to a 19-4 victory over Moravian in non-conference men’s lacrosse action on Saturday.

            Freshman DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) added a hat trick to go with a pair of assists in his debut for the Green Terror (1-0), who built a 6-0 lead through the first 16:14 of the contest.
            Christopher Danni scored two of the four goals for the Greyhounds (0-2), who were outshot 54-25 on the game.
            Just 4:38 into McDaniel’s season, Preston finished a solo run to start his afternoon.
            Over the next 4 minutes, 34 seconds, Preston handed out his two helpers, finding Jed Barnes (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Bill Warner (Yardley, Pa./LaSalle) for a 3-0 lead.
            Mike Hatton (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) found Rickels on an extra-man opportunity with 1:44 remaining in the first period and Preston added a solo marker 25 seconds before the quarter expired.
            Preston stretched the lead to six 1:14 into the second quarter before Danni went back-to-back and Jason Tosches added an unassisted goal to pull Moravian within 6-3 with 8:38 remaining before halftime.
            Two more Preston goals stretched the lead back to five with 4:52 showing before Rickels and Preston each converted during a three-minute extra-man opportunity on an illegal Greyhound crosse to make it a 10-3 game at the intermission.
            Christopher Mohapp scored 37 seconds into the third quarter but the Green Terror tallied the final nine markers of the game to set the margin.
            Seven different McDaniel players scored during the final run led by two goals apiece from Matthew Daley (Wilmington, Del./AI Dupont) and Zach Weeden (Shirley, Mass./Rivers School).
            Barnes went 9-for-10 on faceoffs.
            McDaniel returns to action at home against Widener on Wednesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Score by Quarters                                    1          2          3          4          -           F
Moravian (0-2)                                          0          3          1          0          -           4
McDaniel (1-0)                                          5          5          5          4          -           19
Moravian: Christopher Danni 2, Jason Tosches, Christopher Mohapp.
McDaniel: Gibbs Preston 6, DJ Rickels 3, Matthew Daley 2, Zach Weeden 2, Mike Hatton, Deane Mellor, Bill Warner, Jed Barnes, Evan Young, Matt Dean.
Moravian: Tosches, David Bennett, Robert Devine.
McDaniel: Preston 2, Hatton 2, Rickels 2, Mellor, Warner, Bobby Ward, TJ Willoughby.
Shots: Mo 25, Mc 54. Ground Balls: Mo 35, Mc 45. Goalies: Mo (Benjamin Larson 45:00 – 14 saves, 15 GA; Benjamin Leavy 15:00 – 6 saves, 4 GA); Mc (Kenny McHugh 45:00 – 4 saves, 4 GA; Brad Motley 11:25 – 1 save, 0 GA; KR Schultz 3:35 – 2 saves, 0 GA). Extra-Man: Mo 0 of 8, Mc 4 of 4. Face-Offs: Mo 11, Mc 15. Clearing: Mo 14 of 27, Mc 19 of 25. Penalties: Mo 5 for 7:00, Mc 9 for 8:00.