WESTMINSTER, Md. – Gibbs Preston (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) scored three goals and added five assists to lead McDaniel to a 13-5 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) men’s lacrosse action on Saturday.
Mike Hatton (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) added a hat trick of his own for the Green Terror (6-2, 1-1 CC), who built a 6-1 lead through the first 27:27 of the game.
Pat Gillen scored twice for the Bears (3-5, 1-2 CC), who scored three times as a team in a 5-minute, 31-second span to close to within 10-5.
Two Preston assists – one to DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) and one to Nicholas DiBernardo (Towson, Md./Calvert Hall) – staked McDaniel to a 2-0 lead with 6:22 to play in the first quarter.
Dan Monzo sliced the deficit in half at the 6:08 mark before the Green Terror reeled off four straight goals.
Preston had a goal and two assists during the stretch while Bill Warner (Yardley, Pa./LaSalle) contributed a goal and an assist.
Gillen closed the deficit to 6-2 with 29 seconds remaining in the first half before McDaniel put together a 4-0 third quarter to open a 10-2 lead entering the final period.
Hatton had two goals in the quarter while Deane Mellor (Chadds Ford, Pa./Wilminton Friends School) added a goal and an assist.
Goals from Eric Ferris, Gillen and Jason Orlando pulled the visitors within five but two Preston goals 2:59 apart bookended a 3-0 burst to close the game.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Whittier on Wednesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - F
Ursinus (3-5, 1-2 CC) 1 1 0 3 - 5
McDaniel (6-2, 1-1 CC) 4 2 4 3 - 13
Ursinus: Pat Gillen 2, Eric Farris, Jason Orlando, Dan Monzo.
McDaniel: Gibbs Preston 3, Mike Hatton 3, Bill Warner, Deane Mellor, DJ Rickels, Matthew Daley, Zach Weeden, Evan Young, Nicholas DiBernardo.
Ursinus: Matt Angle, Pat Nagle.
McDaniel: Preston 5, Bill Warner 3, Mellor 2, Rickels.
Shots: U 28, M 31. Ground Balls: U 18, M 22. Goalies: U (Tony Aquilino 60:00 – 4 saves, 13 GA); M (Kenny McHugh 60:00 – 7 saves, 5 GA). Extra-Man: U 1 of 6, M 0 of 3. Face-Offs: U 9, M 13. Clearing: U 11 of 19, M 11 of 15. Penalties: U 4 for 3:30, M 7 for 5:00