WESTMINSTER, Md. – Every member of McDaniel’s starting attack and midfield recorded no fewer than two points to key an 18-7 victory over visiting Virginia Wesleyan in non-conference men’s lacrosse action on Saturday.
Deane Mellor (Chadds Ford, Pa./Wilminton Friends School), DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) and Gibbs Preston (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), who comprised the starting attack for the Green Terror (3-0), each recorded a hat trick. Mellor added two assists while Rickels and Preston had one helper apiece.
Travis Puls led the Marlins (2-3) with two goals and two assists.
Three Bill Warner (Yardley, Pa./LaSalle) assists in the game’s first 5:16 staked McDaniel to an early 3-0 lead.
Just 1:52 into the game, Warner found Nicholas DiBernardo (Towson, Md./Calvert Hall) before finding Mellor two minutes later. With 9:44 to play, Mellor bounced home a Warner feed to stretch the lead to three.
Damian Becker and Adam Nycz closed the deficit to 3-2 with 6:32 showing in the first period but two straight goals from Rickels, including a man-up tally off Warner’s fourth assist pushed the lead to 5-2.
Puls and Mat Dean (Glen Burnie, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) traded tallies in the final minute of the stanza to account for a nine-goal first quarter.
A Nycz man-up marker off a Puls feed pulled the visitors within 6-4 but the Green Terror reeled off the next five goals of open up a 11-4 halftime advantage.
Mike Hatton (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) had all three of his assists during the run while Preston tallied his three goals.
Virginia Wesleyan goals 30 seconds apart drew the Marlins within 11-6 with 12:21 to play in the third quarter but a 7-0 McDaniel run seeled the deal.
Matthew Daley (Wilmington, Del./A.I. Dupont) scored twice during the stretch.
Gabe Brumett set the final margin, scoring with 17.3 seconds on the clock.
Warner finished with five points on a goal and four assists while Hatton had four points on a goal and three assists. It was the first collegiate hat trick for Mellor and the five points marked a career best for the sophomore. Mellor also grabbed five ground balls.
Dean went 7-for-13 on faceoffs to go with his two goals while Jed Barnes (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) was 5 of 9 at the X. Matt Mummert (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern) picked up a team-best seven ground balls.
McDaniel returns to action at Mary Washington on Wednesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - F
Virginia Wesleyan (2-3) 3 1 2 1 - 7
McDaniel (3-0) 6 5 3 4 - 18
Virginia Wesleyan: Travis Puls 2, Adam Nycz 2, Damian Becker, Tim Homa, Gabe Brumett.
McDaniel: Deane Mellor 3, Gibbs Preston 3, DJ Rickels 3, Nicholas DiBernardo 2, Matthew Daley 2, Matt Dean 2, Bill Warner, Mike Hatton, Zach Weeden.
Virginia Wesleyan: Puls 2, Drew Langis 2, Becker, Brock Waddell.
McDaniel: Warner 4, Hatton 3, Mellor 2, Preston, Rickels, Bobby Ward, TJ Willoughby.
Shots: V 29, M 39. Ground Balls: V 23, M 36. Goalies: V (John-Paul Novak 60:00 – 16 saves, 18 GA); M (Kenny McHugh 50:17 – 6 saves, 6 GA; Brad Motley 6:21 – 3 save, 0 GA; KR Schultz 3:22 – 1 saves, 1 GA). Extra-Man: V 2 of 5, M 3 of 5. Face-Offs: V 14, M 13. Clearing: V 19 of 25, M 26 of 29. Penalties: V 6 for 5:30, M 6 for 5:00.