March 30, 2011

Weather or not

Dickinson endures rain, delay, snow to defeat McDaniel in double overtime

WESTMINSTER, Md. – In a game that featured a little bit of everything, Christian Beitel scored three goals over an eight-day span to lead No. 12 Dickinson to a 7-6 double-overtime men's lacrosse victory at McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) action.

DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) notched a hat trick of his own for the hosts.

In a game that began 30 minutes late because of a lightning delay on Mar. 23, the Red Devils (7-1, 1-0 CC) held a 4-3 advantage when the Green Terror (3-5, 0-2 CC) called a timeout with possession and 20.5 seconds to play in the second quarter.

As the teams were about ready to resume play, lightning struck nearby at approximately 8:10 p.m., forcing the game to be halted.

A half-hour later, the game was officially suspended and resumed from that point one week later.

In the final 30 minutes, 20.5 seconds of regulation, McDaniel held a 3-2 edge forcing overtime.

A scoreless final 6:58 of regulation and first overtime sent the two teams to a second four-minute extra session still knotted at 6.

In the final minute of the second OT, Ward Gruppo picked up a loose ball and made a solo run from the top of the box eventually beating the keeper for the game-winner with 44.7 seconds on the clock.

During a rainstorm that turned into a torrential downpour with hail at points during the initial half, Rickels opened the game off a Jed Barnes (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) to stake the Green Terror to a 1-0 lead just 2:51 into the game.

Michael Young (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) doubled the advantage just 1:03 later before Beitel got the Red Devils on the board with 2:48 showing in the first quarter.

Brian Cannon evened the game 16 seconds into the second quarter before JS Duke (Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) tallied his first goal of the season, finishing off a Ben Yancheski (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) feed in the man-up with 14:09 to play in the second quarter.

Bobby Kingsley scored off the second of two Beitel assists with 7:46 showing to even the game before Beitel put one in with 3:55 on the clock for the 4-3 edge.

When the game resumed in a light snow, McDaniel turned the ball over out of its 6-day, 20-hour, 50-minute timeout but Dickinson was unable to get off a shot before the halftime horn.

Matt Dean (Glen Burnie, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti), who was 11 of 17 at the X, won the faceoff to start the third quarter and Skippy Clary (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) found the back of the net to tie the game with 13:15 to play in the period.

Rickels once again put the Green Terror back on top, finishing off a turnaround move with 8:59 on the clock.

Bobby Kingsley tallied a man-up marker with 9:29 to play in the fourth quarter before Beitel gave the visitors a one-goal edge 35 seconds later.

Rickels knotted the game nearly two minutes later but, by that point, the light snow had turned into virtual white-out conditions at times and the teams combined for 14 of their combined 50 turnovers between that tally and the Gruppo game-winner.

Christian Dallmus (Acton, Mass./Rivers School) made 15 saves for the Green Terror while Greg Hanley made nine stops for the Red Devils.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 6 p.m.

Score by Period                                 1          2          3          4          OT       2OT     -           F
No. 12 Dickinson (7-1, 1-0 CC)                       1          3          0          2          0          1          -           7
McDaniel (3-5, 0-2 CC)                                   2          1          2          1          0          0          -           6

Goals
Dickinson:
Christian Beitel 3, Bobby Kingsley 2, Brian Cannon, Ward Gruppo.
McDaniel:
DJ Rickels 3, Michael Young, Skippy Clary, JS Duke.

Assists
Dickinson:
Beitel 2, Cannon, Kevin Joy, Nick Leon.
McDaniel:
Jed Barnes, Ben Yancheski.

Goalies: D (Greg Hanley – 9 saves, 6 GA), M (Christian Dallmus – 11 saves, 7 GA).

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