WESTMINSTER, Md. – DJ Rickels tallied four goals, including McDaniel's final two that broke a 9-9 deadlock and sent the Terror to an 11-10 Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse victory over Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday. The loss was F&M's third by a single goal in CC play this season.
The Green Terror (7-5, 4-2 CC) scored in the final minute of all four quarters to take control of third place in the conference standings with two games to play. Three different players scored twice for the Diplomats (5-6, 2-4 CC), who received two goals and two assists from Shane Brennan.
Knotted at 9-all after Keith Murray and Brennan scored a minute apart, Rickels finished a solo run with 5:06 to play to give the hosts a 10-9 advantage. The sophomore then stretched the lead to two with 19 seconds on the clock, finishing a feed from Jed Barnes.
Brennan tallied with 0.7 seconds on the clock to set the final but there was not enough time for either team to even control the faceoff, preserving the win for McDaniel.
After Justin Rayman staked Franklin & Marshall to a 1-0 lead with 8:31 to play in the first quarter, Rickels started a three-goal flurry that gave the hosts a 3-1 advantage after one period. Rickels finished a solo run with 3:33 to play before TJ Willoughby scored 29 seconds later and Preston tallied unassisted with 49 seconds to play in the stanza.
Andrew Setian pulled the Diplomats within 3-2 just seven seconds into the second quarter but a pair of Nick DiBernardo goals from Preston around a Rayman tally, including the second DiBernardo tally with 0.5 seconds remaining in the first half that gave Preston his 100th collegiate assist, for a 5-3 halftime advantage.
Four straight Franklin & Marshall markers that included both of Kevin Kilpatrick's tallies gave the visitors a 7-5 lead with 9:35 to play in the third quarter.
However, DiBernardo completed his hat trick to start a four-goal counter that gave McDaniel a two-goal advantage 1:01 into the final quarter. Barnes, Rickels and Preston scored during the run.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday night for their third-straight road game. The Diplomats will travel to Chestertown, Maryland, to face Washington College.
Franklin & Marshall (5-6, 2-4 CC) vs. McDaniel (7-5, 4-2 CC)
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
Franklin & Marshall. 1 2 4 3 - 10
McDaniel............ 3 2 3 3 - 11
Franklin & Marshall SCORING: GOALS: Shane Brennan 2; Kevin Kilpatrick 2; Justin Rayman 2; Andrew Setian 1; Tristan Miller 1; Fred Schweizer 1; Keith Murray 1.
ASSISTS: Shane Brennan 2; James Wenk 2.
McDaniel SCORING: GOALS: DJ Rickels 4; Nicholas DiBernardo 3; Gibbs Preston 2; Jed Barnes 1; TJ Willoughby 1.
ASSISTS: Gibbs Preston 2; Jed Barnes 1; Matt Mummert 1; TJ Willoughby 1.
Franklin & Marshall GROUND BALLS: Andrew Setian 6; Andrew Capone 4; Chris Marcozzi 3; Yazin Elrabie 2; Kevin Kilpatrick 2; Sean Murphy 2; Jeff Ritter 2; Ryan Whooley 2; Shane Brennan 1; Ryan Hutchins 1; James King 1; Ian Lowe 1; Colin McKew 1; Tristan Miller 1; Sean Oliver 1; Justin Rayman 1; Fred Schweizer 1; James Wenk 1.
McDaniel GROUND BALLS: Matt Dean 5; Matt Mummert 4; Gibbs Preston 4; TJ Willoughby 4; DJ Rickels 3; Ty Wittelsberger 3; Michael Young 3; Anthony Falgares 2; Chris McLaughlin 2; William Clary 1; Kyle Hadden 1; Greg Mayer 1.
Franklin & Marshall TURNOVERS CAUSED: Ian Lowe 2; Scott Beury 1; Shane Brennan 1; Andrew Capone 1.
McDaniel TURNOVERS CAUSED: Matt Mummert 2; Kyle Hadden 1; Nick Sicuranza 1.
SHOTS - Franklin & Marshall 34; McDaniel 36.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Franklin & Marshall 18; McDaniel 23.
Penalties - Franklin & Marshall 4/4:00; McDaniel 2/2:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Franklin & Marshall 1-2; McDaniel 1-4.
TURNOVERS - Franklin & Marshall 12; McDaniel 11.
FACEOFFS - Franklin & Marshall 13-23; McDaniel 10-23.
CLEARS - Franklin & Marshall 11-11; McDaniel 15-18.
GOALIES - F&M: Chris Marcozzi 5-5 (60:00 minutes, 23 shots-12 saves, 11 GA); MCD: Ty Wittelsberger 3-1 (60:00, 18-8, 10).
Start time: 4:00 pm Finish time: 5:55 pm Length of game: 1:55
Officials: Rich Tamberrino; Mark Dixon; Jamie McNealey. Scorer: MCD Sports Info.