Rickels, DiBernardo lift McDaniel to 9-8 victory over Swarthmore
WESTMINSTER, Md. – DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) and Nick DiBernardo (Towson, Md./Calvert Hall) had a hand in all nine of McDaniel's goals to lift the squad to a 9-8 victory over Swarthmore in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action on Wednesday.
Rickels scored five goals, including the final three of a four-goal rally that turned an 8-5 deficit into a second straight victory, and added an assist for the Green Terror (5-6, 2-3 CC) while DiBernardo added three goals and three assists for a career-best six points. The three helpers was also a career high for the senior while the five goals are a season best for the junior Rickels.
Jonathan Molloy and Wes Marcik led the Garnet (3-7, 1-3 CC) with two goals apiece.
Trailing 8-5 when Zach Belden whistled home a goal with exactly 5:00 to play in regulation, Matt Dean (Glen Burnie, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) won the ensuing faceoff – part of a 5-for-7 quarter at the X – to give McDaniel possession.
On the possession, Rickels found DiBernardo, who wrapped around the net to pull the hosts within two with 4:17 showing.
A minute later, Rickels did the work himself, scoring on a solo run to close the deficit to one.
Off a Garnet turnover at midfield, the Green Terror took possession and took advantage of Swarthmore not having a sixth defender in the play. DiBernardo swung the ball from behind to Rickels on the left wing and Rickels flung a low whistler into the corner of the net to even the game.
With possession just outside of the box, McDaniel called a timeout with 48.1 seconds on the clock before patiently working the ball. DiBernardo once again hit Rickels, whose 19th shot of the game found the back of the net for his fifth of the game for the game-winner with 22.6 seconds on the clock.
Swarthmore appeared to control the ensuing faceoff but the ball popped out of the player's stick in the process and out of bounds, giving possession to the Green Terror. McDaniel was able to kill the final 16.2 seconds of the game to remain within a game of the final playoff spot with three games to play.
The Garnet opened the game with a Molloy solo run at the 6:11 mark of the first quarter before Rickels finished off the first of three JS Duke (Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) assists 1:25 later to even the game at 1-all.
Richard Brode notched his first goal of the season with 3:33 on the clock before Marcik stretched the lead to 3-1 with 1:45 showing.
Matt Mummert (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern) picked up a loose ball and found DiBernardo, who rifled home a shot to close the deficit to 3-2 in the final 26 seconds of the first period.
A Duke-to-Rickels man-up tally with 8:20 play in the second quarter and a DiBernardo-to-Duke goal with 5:54 on the clock turned the one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead.
A Molloy man-down tally knotted the game once again before Marcik gave the visitors a 5-4 edge at intermission.
Daniel Kowalyshyn and Max Hubbard stretched the lead to 7-5 with the only two goals of the third quarter before Duke found DiBernardo with 12:06 to play in the final period to make it a two-goal game once again.
In the game, Dean won 14 faceoffs. Mummert had four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Christian Dallmus (Acton, Mass./Rivers School) finished with nine saves in net for the Green Terror.
McDaniel returns to action at Muhlenberg on Wednesday. Game time is 3 p.m.
Score by Period 1 2 3 4 - F
Swarthmore (3-7, 1-3 CC) 3 2 2 1 - 8
McDaniel (5-6, 2-3 CC) 2 2 0 5 - 9
Swarthmore: Jonathan Molloy 2, Wes Marcik 2, Max Hubbard, Zach Belden, Daniel Kowalyshyn, Richard Brode.
McDaniel: DJ Rickels 5, Nick DiBernardo 3, JS Duke.
McDaniel: DiBernardo 3, Duke 3, Rickels, Matt Mummert.
Goalies: S (Jonathan Cohen – 7 saves, 9 GA), M (Christian Dallmus – 9 saves, 8 GA).