Quick start propels McDaniel
Green Terror scores first four en route to 15-9 win over Swarthmore
WESTMINSTER, Md. – DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) recorded career highs of six goals and eight points to lead McDaniel to a 15-9 victory over Swarthmore in Centennial Conference (CC) men’s lacrosse action on Saturday.
Nick DiBernardo (Towson, Md./Calvert Hall) added three goals for the Green Terror (5-4, 2-1 CC), who took a 4-0 lead just 5:57 into the game and never looked back.
Gavin Musynskeb, Wes Marcik and Zach Belden each scored twice for the Garnet (1-7, 0-5 CC), who outshot McDaniel 34-33 in the game.
DiBernardo and Michael Young (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) keyed the opening spurt, alternating tallies for the early lead.
Anthony Phalen broke up the shutout with 4:20 to play in the first quarter before TJ Willoughby (Sykesville, Md./Century) capped the first-period scoring with 22 seconds remaining.
Goals from Marcik and Musynske 19 seconds apart trimmed the deficit to 5-3 with 13:46 to play in the first half before Gibbs Preston (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and DiBernardo stretched the advantage back to four 4 minutes, 35 seconds later.
After Belden made it 7-4 with 2:53 to play in the second, Rickels started his natural hat trick with 1:19 to play in the period and added two in the first 4:30 of the third quarter.
Preston, William Clary (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) and Rickels capped a 6-0 to give the Green Terror a 13-4 lead with 8:32 to play in the third quarter.
After Marcik and Belden scored 1 minute, 19 seconds apart, Rickels went back to working, scoring twice in a 26-second span for a 15-6 lead at the end of the period.
Three Swarthmore tallies in the final quarter set the final margin.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Swarthmore on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.
Swarthmore (1-7, 0-5 CC) 1 3 2 3 - 9
McDaniel (5-4, 2-1 CC) 5 3 7 0 - 15
Swarthmore: Gavin Musynske 2, Wes Marcik 2, Zach Belden 2, Tyler Bradshaw, Anthony Phalen, Kevin Pytlar.
McDaniel: DJ Rickels 6, Nick DiBernardo 3, Gibbs Preston 2, Michael Young 2, TJ Willoughby, William Clary.
Swarthmore: Bradshaw, John Bukawyn, Charlie Otte.
McDaniel: Rickels 2, JS Duke 2, DiBernardo, Preston, Willoughby, Kyle Hadden.
Shots: S 34, M 33. Ground Balls: S 32, M 32. Goalies: S (Kevin Friedenberg – 8 saves, 15 GA, 58:14; Michael Brockway – 0 saves, 0 GA, 1:46), M (Ty Wittelsberger – 7 saves, 4 GA, 30:00; Brad Motley – 2 saves, 2 GA, 20:03; KR Schultz – 2 saves, 3 GA, 9:57). Extra-Man: S 1 of 8, M 1 of 4. Face-Offs: S 13, M 15. Clearing: S 18 of 21, M 16 of 19. Penalties: S 4 for 4:30, M 9 for 6:30.