Quick start carries McDaniel
Green Terror takes 6-1 lead into locker room, downs Muhlenberg 11-6
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) recorded five goals to lead McDaniel to an 11-6 victory over Muhlenberg in Centennial Conference (CC) men’s lacrosse action on Saturday.
Gibbs Preston (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) added two goals and two assists for the Green Terror (6-5, 3-2 CC), who helped force a four-way tie for third place in the win column with three conference games to play.
Brent Siebold led the Mules (4-6, 3-4 CC) with three goals.
A pair of Nick DiBernardo (Towson, Md./Calvert Hall)-to-Rickels man-up tallies keyed a 3-0 first quarter.
Kyle Hadden (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) recorded his first goal of the season to round out the first-period scoring.
William Clary (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) stretched the lead to 4-0 just 2:23 into the second quarter before Alex Ardolino got Muhlenberg on the board midway through the period.
Preston and Rickels stretched the lead to 6-1 at the break.
An Ari Jacobson unassisted tally 28 seconds into the third quarter pulled the hosts within 6-2 but back-to-back Rickels markers 54 seconds apart pushed the lead to 8-2 with 12:10 to play in the period.
Siebold notched a pair of goals before DiBernardo found the back of the net with two seconds to play in the third quarter for a 9-4 lead.
Michael Young (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) and Preston pushed the lead to 11-4 with 3:03 to paly before Siebold and Jack Reilly closed out the scoring.
Ty Wittelsberger (Parkton, Md./Hereford) made 13 saves in goal for the Green Terror.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday. Game time is 4 p.m.
McDaniel (6-5, 3-2 CC) 3 3 3 2 - 11
Muhlenberg (4-6, 3-4 CC) 0 1 3 2 - 6
McDaniel: Preston 2, DiBernardo 2, Michael Woglom.
Muhlenberg: Corey Aferiat 2, Jacobson.
Shots: Mc 35, Mu 36. Ground Balls: Mc 28, Mu 28. Goalies: Mc (Ty Wittelsberger – 13 saves, 6 GA), Mu (Mike Horowitz – 10 saves, 10 GA, 50:37; Oliver Baron – 0 saves, 1 GA, 9:23). Extra-Man: Mc 2 of 4, Mu 2 of 6. Face-Offs: Mc 8, Mu 12. Clearing: Mc 18 of 21, Mu 16 of 17. Penalties: Mc 7 for 4:30, Mu 5 for 4:30.