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McNichol records three goals, two assists

Timothy McNichol (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Timothy McNichol (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Swarthmore withstood McDaniel forcing overtime, scoring 41 seconds into the extra session for a 10-9 Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse victory on Saturday.

Timothy McNichol (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) led the Green Terror (6-9, 1-6 CC) with three goals and two assists, including having a hand in three of the five fourth-quarter goals.

Zander Levitz completed his hat trick for the Garnet (8-5, 3-3 CC), lasering a shot from the left wing just 41 seconds into overtime for victory.

Trailing 9-4 on a Graham Lesko solo run 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, McDaniel scored five straight to force the extra session.

Dylan Chaikin (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) finished a McNichol pass with 13:26 to play to return the deficit to four.

McNichol finished a solo run before finding Bryce Brookhart (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) to cut the deficit to 9-7 with 9:33 to play.

Just 1:11 later, Sam Mutz (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) finished a feed from Troy Becker (Yardley, Pa./Notre Dame) to make it a one-goal game.

Mutz then hit Cooper Archambault (Wayland, Mass./Wayland) with 2:24 to play, drawing the visitors even. Swarthmore won the ensuing faceoff but the McDaniel defense held its hosts to just one shot to get the game to overtime.

Cam Marsh, who finished with a game-high four goals, opened the scoring just 1:39 into the game before Levitz doubled the advantage nearly a minute later.

Alex Hanna (Odenton, Md./Arundel) cut the deficit in half with 5:58 to play before Marsh pushed the lead back to two in the final 13 seconds of the opening quarter.

A Becker-to-McNichol connection with 13:31 showing in the second period once again made it a one-goal game but two goals from Marsh keyed a 4-0 run that stretched the lead to 7-2 with 5:10 showing.

Carson Marshall (Brookeville, Md./Glenelg) found McNichol and Becker just over a minute apart to trim the deficit to 7-4 at the break.

Matt Johnson had the only goal of the third quarter, converting a man-up opportunity for the Garnet with 1:25 remaining.

McDaniel finished with a 37-27 advantage in shots, including by a 23-8 margin in the second half and 11-3 eddge in the fourth quarter.

The Green Terror concludes the season at home against Gettysburg on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.