Men's Lacrosse News & Highlights
March 18, 2014
Ferguson Sets Career Record In Eagles' Loss
Ferguson’s goal was only one of four for the Eagles as they fell 9-4 to the Ursinus College Bears.
With 5:25 to play in the third quarter, Ferguson buried the record-breaker, a man-up goal, low-to-high shot, off-stick side. Teammate Cody Ridgway provided a nice screen of the goalie in front of the crease and Kyle Gillam picked up the assist, feeding Ferguson the ball from the blue line.
Andrew Travers, Dave Darling and Tim Lamb scored the other goals for the Eagles.
A weak first quarter hurt the Eagles on Tuesday, as the Bears notched five goals in the opening frame and held the Eagles to just one goal. Eastern’s defense looked much improved in the final three quarters, allowing just four scores the rest of the way. The Eagles won the turnover and ground ball battle overall. Eagles defender Mark Cyron accumulated five ground balls and caused five turnovers, both career highs for Cyron in a game. Fellow defender Jordan Norris picked up six ground balls and caused three turnovers.
Eastern fell behind 3-0 after the first 3:30 of the game and got on the scoreboard with 10:24 left in the first with Tim Lamb’s fifth goal of the season. Ursinus posted two more goals to end the quarter up 5-1.
Darling gave Eastern a quick goal 50 seconds into the second quarter. Ursinus responded with a goal four minutes later. Travers closed out the half with a nice behind-the-back goal after scooping up a ground ball right in front of the crease.
Ferguson tabbed the Eagles’ final goal of the game with 5:25 to play in the third. The goal is his 25th this season.
The Eagles were out-shot by the Bears 34-23. Pat Groschan recorded eight saves in the loss. Ursinus’ goalie Brian Neff picked up 12 saves.
Eastern won the face-off battle 11-4. Matt Lee took 10-of-13 face-offs. Joe Palo went 1-for-2, but neither of his attempts were against his younger brother Steve Palo who is a face-off man for Ursinus.
The Eagles dropped to 5-3 with the loss but still have two more non-conference games in which they hope to improve their resume in. Eastern hosts Whittier at 3 p.m. on Friday and then plays York College at 4 p.m. on March 26.
Updated: Tuesday, 18 March 2014