Fords reel off four straight and cruise to win
HAVERFORD, Pa. – Zack Cohen had two goals and an assist to lead Haverford to a 9-6 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday.
With the score deadlocked at 3-all, the Fords (8-5, 4-3 CC) reeled off four straight goals before the defenses took over in the second half, which saw a combined four goals in the final 30 minutes.
William Clary (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) and Michael Young (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) each scored twice for the Green Terror (7-6, 4-3 CC), who moved to the verge of its second consecutive conference postseason appearance despite the loss.
Both Haverford and McDaniel are in the driver's seat in the playoff race with one game to play. A win in next Saturday's finale secures a spot while a loss would come down to tiebreakers, which favor both the Fords and Green Terror in most scenarios.
Andrew Kim staked Haverford to a 1-0 lead just 58 seconds into the game before TJ Willoughby (Sykesville, Md./Century) and Young scored fewer than two minutes apart to give McDaniel a 2-1 advantage with 11:15 showing in the first period.
Goals from Max Hjelm and Phillip Valliant three minutes apart swung the one-goal advantage to Haverford before Young evened the game with 3:40 to play in the opening period.
Myles Monaghan started a four-goal flurry with 1:52 showing that spanned the remainder of the period and first 8:38 of the second quarter.
Monaghan also capped the stretch before Clary made it 7-4 at the break, tallying unassisted with 2:38 on the clock.
Clary accounted for the only third-quarter goal, finishing a DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) feed at the 8:39 mark.
Vallient snapped a 32-minute, 2-second scoring drought for the Fords to make it an 8-5 game before Cohen gave the hosts a four-goal cushion with 2:14 on the clock.
Jed Barnes (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) set the final margin with 42 seconds showing.
Matt Dean (Glen Burnie, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) went 13-for-18 at the faceoff X for the Green Terror and picked up 11 ground balls.
McDaniel returns to action in the regular season finale at home against Dickinson on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.
McDaniel (7-6, 4-3 CC) 3 1 1 1 - 6
Haverford (8-5, 4-3 CC) 4 3 0 2 - 9
McDaniel: William Clary 2, Michael Young 2, TJ Willoughby, Jed Barnes.
Haverford: Zach Cohen 2, Myles Monaghan 2, Phillip Valliant 2, Andrew Kim, Max Hjelm, Travis Gregory.
McDaniel: DJ Rickels 2, Gibbs Preston.
Haverford: Cohen, Kim, Monaghan, Max Cassidy.
Shots: M 20, H 42. Ground Balls: M 26, H 29. Goalies: M (Ty Wittelsberger – 3 saves, 7 GA, 30:00; Brad Motley – 10 saves, 2 GA, 30:00), H (Joe Banno – 4 saves, 6 GA). Extra-Man: M 0 of 2, H 0 of 2. Face-Offs: M 13, H 5. Clearing: M 14 of 15, H 17 of 18. Penalties: M 2 for 1:30, H 2 for 2:00.