Men's Lacrosse News & Highlights
March 02, 2013
Quick Start Propels Eagles
The Eagles, who depart for California tomorrow morning, struggled to an 8-5 win over Hood last year and seemed intent on getting separation early. Matt Soldano hit a pipe two and a half minutes into the game to set the tone. Thirty seconds later, Farrar fired home a twelve yard shot on a Ferguson pass to put the Eagles up 1-0. The Blazers controlled the ensuing faceoff, but the Eastern ride forced a turnover and Farrar found Ferguson on the doorstep for a 2-0 lead with 11:34 to play. Farrar's four helpers on the day moved him into a tie for secocnd on the Eastern career list with 59 helpers.
A minute later, Zac Ivy caught an Andy Jameson skip pass and scored his first of three tallies to put the Eagles up by three with 10:20. The Eagles continued to pepper the Hood cage with shots, but the fourth goal did not come until Farrar tallied off another strong ride with five and a half left in the first period.
Mark Cyron made a strong play to earn the ground ball on the next faceoff, he found Farrar at the goal line extended and Farrar found Ferguson for a 5-0 edge. Ferguson completed his hat trick with just over three minutes to play in the period. The Eagles had an 11-7 edge in first-period shots.
The Eagles picked up second-period goals from Ivy, Farrar, and Andrew Travers to take a 9-0 lead into the half. Aaron Benz made seven stops in the first 30 minutes and picked up his 33rd career win.
Eric Waibel scored on a strong shot from the left side after an Ivy pass in the opening moments of the second half. The visiting Blazers, behind a strong performance in goal from Joseph McCulloh, turned the momentum of the game for a bit in the third period. McCulloh came on in relief at the intermission and finished with nine total saves. He made six of those in the third period, and the Blazers picked up even strength tallies from Zacch Speights and Doug Brisbane to close the gap to 10-2 with a period to play.
The Eastern man-down unit was a flawless 5-for-5 on the afternoon, and the man-up unit converted a pair of chances in fourth period. Ferguson tucked home his tenth of the year off a Farrar pass with 10:13 to play and Ivy converted another Farrar pass with a really clever backhanded shot from the edge of the crease.
Ferguson finished the scoring with a tap-in on the back post of a Soldano pass with 6:30 to play.
Eastern's three starting attackmen finished with 17 total points on 11 goals and six assists. For the year, Ivy, Ferguson and Farrar have 22 goals and 14 assists.
Pat Groschan made five second-half stops in relief of Benz.
While there were positives in the win, Eastern Head Coach Kevin Wallace was not entirely pleased with his team's performance. Even with 13 goals and five balls off various pipes, Wallace felt his team needed to make better decisions about what shots to take and where to place them. Despite firing 19 shots, the Eastern midfield only scored twice.
The Eagles will need to be more efficient in upcoming games as they take on a top team from California in Whittier College and a Nationally ranked Gettysburg squad in the next two outings.
The Eagles depart for California early tomorrow morning. In addition to playing an important Pool B game, the Eagles will spend time working with Habitat for Humanity outside San Diego.
Updated: Monday, 29 November 1999