Raining goals…or just raining

Raining goals…or just raining

McDaniel prevails over Ursinus in wet, defensive game

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Skippy Clary (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) scored twice to lead McDaniel to a 4-3 win over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday.

In a game that was delayed more than an hour due to lightning, the Green Terror (6-7, 3-4 CC) and Bears (8-4, 3-3 CC) eventually took to the field only to play the majority of the game in a steady rain that included torrential downpours late in the second quarter.

DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) and Nick DiBernardo (Towson, Md./Calvert Hall) scored the other two goals for McDaniel.

Pat Gillen, Jeff Ocampo and Taylor Allen scored single tallies for Ursinus.

With the defensive taking control early, the Green Terror took advantage of its second man-up opportunity of the game.

With 5:35 to play in the opening quarter, Ben Yancheski (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) hit Rickels, who found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Clary doubled the advantage with an unassisted marker two and a half minutes later.

Allen trimmed the deficit in half with 13:18 showing in the second quarter before the Green Terror scored twice – once coming during the heaviest of the rain.

DiBernardo finished a Michael Woglom (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) assist with 10:20 to play.

About three minutes later, a tornado warning was issued for Carroll County and the skies opened and winds started swirling, decreasing visibility and dumping the heaviest rain on the field.

After an exchange of turnovers and held possession, Clary was able to break through the raindrops and find the back of the net for a 4-1 lead with 4:09 remaining.

The rain lightened but remained stead through a scoreless third period and into the fourth.

Ocampo broke a 35-minute, 39-second scoring drought with 7:39 to play before Gillen drew the visitors within one with 3:01 on the clock but the Green Terror defense held Ursinus to just one shot after that to keep the team in the playoff hunt with one week remaining in the regular season.

McDaniel concludes the regular season at No. 20 Gettysburg on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.

Score by Period                                 1          2          3          4          -           F
Ursinus (8-4, 3-3 CC)                          0          1          0          2          -           3
McDaniel (6-7, 3-4 CC)                                   2          2          0          0          -           4

Pat Gillen, Jeff Ocampo, Taylor Allen.
Skippy Clary 2, DJ Rickels, Nick DiBernardo.

Michael Woglom, Ben Yancheski.

Goalies: U (Josh Baker – 5 saves, 4 GA, 58:30; Matt Colombini – 0 saves, 0 GA, 1:30), M (Christian Dallmus – 6 saves, 2 GA, 58:28; Brad Motley – 0 saves, 1 GA, 1:32).