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Men's Lacrosse News & Highlights

March 01, 2014

Waibel Scores Four: Eagles Rally Past Fords

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Eric Waibel (West Grove, Pa./ Avon Grove) blasts a shot against Haverford Saturday. Waibel scored four goals, including the game-winner.

HAVERFORD, Pa.--Eastern Men's Lacrosse escaped with an 8-7 win at Haverford College on Saturday after a grueling comeback capped off by Eric Waibel's game-winning goal.

Eric Waibel scored four times in Saturday's win, including the game's first goal and three of Eastern's last four goals.

With the game tied at 7-7 with 1:18 to play, Waibel received a nice pass from roommate JC Hofmeister near the right pipe, isolated his defender and buried the go-ahead goal.

Waibel put Eastern on the scoreboard 90 seconds into the start of the game, but the Fords leaped ahead of the Eagles with four consecutive first-quarter goals.

Bryan Geotz netted his first goal as an Eagle with 4:18 to play in the first, but Haverford's Chris Christensen snuck his third goal of the game past Eagles' goalie Pat Groschan with 13 seconds left in the quarter. Christensen led the Fords with four goals.

Through the first quarter, the Eagles had only put three shots on goal.

The Fords went up 6-2 with 8:43 to play in the second quarter, taking their largest lead of the game. Haverford's goalie Eric Caliendo denied six Eastern shots on goal in the second quarter alone en route to a 16-save day, but Eastern's Grant Ferguson found a way to get past him with 4:17 remaining in the second. Ferguson followed that up with another goal midway through the third quarter, cutting Eastern's deficit to 6-4. Ferguson leads the Eagles with 16 goals through three games this year.

Waibel pulled Eastern within one after getting an assist from Blake Bennett with 7:01 to go in the third. Five minutes later Waibel received a pass from Dave Darling in the middle of the field and cranked the powerful left-hand shot past Caliendo to knot the game at 6-6.

With 10:44 left in the fourth, Eagles' defender Jordan Norris successfully cleared the ball just in time and set up Andy Jameson for the goal. Jameson's tally, the fifth-straight Eagles' goal, gave Eastern its first lead since the opening goal.

However, the Fords snapped out of their scoring funk with Christensen's fourth of the game at 7:38, tying the game at 7-7.

The Eagles looked for the go-ahead goal with a shot by Bennett with 90 seconds to play, but Caliendo made the save. The shot bounced in front of the net where a scrum for the ground ball developed. Ferguson worked his way into the mix and recovered the ground ball, giving Eastern another chance to go for the lead. Ferguson found Hofmeister who found Waibel in the one-on-one on the right wing. Hofmeister, making his first appearance of the season, picked up the assist as Waibel flushed the game-winner.

Eastern held on for the game's final minute and improved to 3-0 this season. Pat Groschan earned the win with eight saves. Eastern held a 33-21 advantage in ground balls and won 14-of-18 face-offs.

Eastern (3-0) plays two games in Virginia next week. The Eagles play at Christopher Newport on Thursday night and Ferrum College on Saturday.

Box Score

Updated: Sunday, 02 March 2014

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Kevin Wallace

Kevin Wallace

In 2012, Kevin Wallace led Eastern Men's Lacrosse to its most successful season

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