Sunday, April 3, 2016

Men's Lacrosse: #10 Dowling 13 UDC 7

Chase Fraser (#8, 2 goals) led all players with 13 shots

From our friends at UDC Athletics...

Firebirds Fall 13-7 to No. 10 Dowling

The University of the District of Columbia men's lacrosse team was defeated, 13-7 by the No. 10 ranked team in Division II, Dowling College in East Coast Conference play Saturday afternoon at Woodrow Wilson High School.

The Firebirds, playing their 3rd straight top-15 nationally ranked opponent, fell to 2-5 overall and 0-4 in league play with today's loss. Dowling improved to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the ECC with the victory.

Brock Thompson-Marshall (#1) scored 2 goals 

UDC graduate goalkeeper Pat Payne tied a season-high with 16 saves, including nine stops in the first quarter to keep it a 3-1 game heading into the 2nd period after the Firebirds were out-shot 17-4 and doubled-up in ground balls, 14-7.

Season-high 16 saves for Pat Payne

Three Firebirds scored a pair of goals to lead UDC offensively, including junior attack men Brock Thompson-Marshall & Chase Fraser, and freshman attack Braylon Lumb. Fraser and Lumb each had one assist as well.

Braylon Lumb (#23) added 2 goals & 1 assist

Dowling goalkeeper Frank Sommers earned the complete game victory with 14 saves and seven goals allowed. The Golden Lions featured five multiple-goal scorers, including attack Brian White's six points on three goals and three assists. Eddie Hillkewicz and Shane Clark each scored a hat trick as well.

Shane Clark (#28, 3 goals) gives Dowling a 4-1 lead

UDC won 75-percent of the face-offs courtesy of sophomore Teilen Celentano's 15-of-20 performance and senior midfielder Darien McPhail Millard's 3-of-4 day, but squandered opportunities with seven more turnovers than the Golden Lions (22-15.) Shots were pretty even with Dowling edging UDC, 45-43, but the Golden Lions shot a better percentage with eight more shots on goal (29-21) than the Firebirds.

Soph Teilen Celentano (#6) won 15 of 20 face-offs

The Firebirds struck first as Thompson-Marshall finished from close on the right wing off a pass from freshman Tyler Mace on a man-up opportunity for the game's first goal nearly three-and-a-half minutes into the action. Dowling would go on to score the final three goals of the period at 9:34, 6:19 and 2:27, but nine saves by Payne kept UDC in striking distance early.

Frosh midfielder Tyler Mace assisted on UDC's first goal

The 2nd period saw Dowling take advantage of two UDC penalties as the Golden Lions out-scored UDC 5-2 in the quarter and extended their lead to 8-3 at halftime.

Junior Midfielder Matthew Hawkins (#7)

Dowling then scored the first two goals of the 3rd quarter when play resumed - the 2nd of which was its third man-up goal on as many man-up opportunities in the game to that point (the Golden Lions were 3-of-4 on man-up opportunities for the game.) Fraser ended a 15-minute scoring drought for the Firebirds with an unassisted goal at 5:22, but Hillkewicz added another Dowling goal with just 30 seconds left in the period to make it 11-4 heading into the 4th quarter.

Syrrus Nash (#21) scores, cuts Dowling's lead to 4-2

In the final period, UDC would win 5-of-6 face-offs, double-up Dowling 18-9 in shots, win the ground ball battle, 13-9, and out-scored the Golden Lions, 3-2. But it was too little too late as UDC fell by a six-goal margin, 13-7.

Senior Darien McPhail Millard (#14) gives chase

Next up, UDC visits ECC foe Chestnut Hill College on Saturday, April 9th at 1 PM.

Firebirds Head Coach Scott Urick

Click here for yesterday's box score.