Haverford tops Red Devils
Conference final awaits Haverford after semifinal win over Dickinson
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Much of the second half had a deja-vu feeling for the Haverford College men's lacrosse team but this time around it took care of business, albeit in double-overtime, by defeating No. 5 Dickinson College, 12-11, in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference tournament Friday afternoon on the turf of Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium on the campus of Gettysburg College.
The Fords (10-5) move on to Sunday's championship final at noon against second-ranked, and tournament host, Gettysburg College (15-1) who defeated McDaniel College, 10-6, in the day's opening semifinal match-up. Dickinson falls to 14-2 with the loss.
Earlier in the year Haverford held a multiple-goal lead over Dickinson in the fourth quarter of the regular season contest but the host Red Devils rallied with unanswered goals to wrest away a victory.
Friday's game saw the Fords storm out to a 9-4 halftime lead but, as in the regular season contest, Dickinson stormed back, this time scoring seven second-half goals to just two from Haverford forcing overtime.
The Fords had the first crack at ending the game but Phillip Valliant's shot was saved by Red Devils goalie Tyler Magann.
Dickinson got off a shot which was blocked on the following possession then Haverford's Travis Gregory had his shot blocked in the Dickinson end.
A penalty at the end of the initial overtime period gave the Fords a man-up chance to start the second OT frame and Brian Fleishhacker nearly ended the game with a reverse shot around his back but the ball clanged against the post giving the Red Devils a short reprieve.
Dickinson was able to get a clear on their possession but a turnover gave the ball right back to the Fords who completed their own clear into the Red Devil end.
One pass later found the ball in a driving Gregory's hands 20 yards out and a few moves and seconds later he ended the game with his third goal of the contest, this one coming at the 2:07 mark of the second OT.
Zack Cohen tallied a game-high four goals for the Fords and also picked up a pair of assists for a six-point game. Along with Gregory, Max Hjelm collected three goals, all in the first half. Dickinson was led by Ted Sirvaitis' three goals.
The Red Devils out shot the Fords 44-31 overall and 28-9 in the second half, but Haverford held a 4-1 edge in the two overtime periods.
Haverford goalie Joe Banno, who posted a career-best 20 saves in the last meeting between the two teams, registered double-digits again with 14 saves in Friday's win. Dickinson's Magann finished with six saves.
The semifinal victory sets up a rematch in Sunday's championship final with Gettysburg who won the initial meeting of the year by holding on for a 10-9 win after at one point owning a 7-2 lead over the Fords. The same two teams met in 2009's tournament final with the Bullets pulling out a 12-5 win at Swan Field.