Whittier Roughs Up Men's Lax, 15-7
SWARTHMORE, Pa.—After building an early 3-0 lead, the Swarthmore men's lacrosse team (4-4) failed to keep pace with visiting Whittier, losing 15-7 on Sunday.
Swarthmore junior Steve Selverian (pictured) had a strong performance, scoring two of the Garnet's seven goals and winning 15 of 19 faceoffs. Senior Max Hubbard, senior John Bukawyn, senior Zach Belden, sophomore Jonathan Molloy and freshman Ian Lukaszewicz also scored for the Garnet, which suffered its first home defeat of the 2012 season.
The Poets were lead by senior attackman Daniel McQuade, who netted five goals, four of which came in the middle periods to help the Poets pull away from the Garnet. Sophomore Kevin Looney and senior Mike Neumayr each tallied two goals. Neumayr added two assists as well.
The Garnet got off to fast start. Just eight seconds into play, Molloy struck first, scoring his 8th goal of the season off a faceoff win by Selverian. The scoring continued for Swarthmore, courtesy of seniors Zach Belden, and John Bukawyn, which gave Swarthmore a 3-0 advantage at the 6:13 mark. But from that points, the Garnet offense slowed to a halt. Despite keeping the Poets off the scoreboard for entire first quarter, Swarthmore failed to extend its lead, and paid for it in the second period.
McQuade and Loony each scored their first of the day at the beginning of the second quarter to cut Swarthmore lead to one goal (3-2), and started a wave of scoring for the Poets. While Selverian was able to get a goal with just over a minute to go to stop the bleeding, Whitter scored five more goals to go into halftime up 7-4. The Poets outscored Swarthmore 7-1 in the second quarter, scoring seven goals on just eight shots.
In the third quarter, Whittier pulled away just as they had done in the second quarter. A goal midway through the quarter by sophomore midfielder Hunter Hall made it 8-4 and McQuade added two more goals to extend the lead further to 11-4.
Lukaszewicz, Hubbard and Selverian each scored for the Garnet late in the game, but ultimately could not surmount a comeback, consistently facing such a larger deficit. The Garnet conceded two goals to start the final quarter, and three goals in the final five minutes to finish out the 15-7 game.
Swarthmore has the week off and returns to Centennial Conference play next Saturday at Gettysburg. Play is set for 1:00.