(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #12-ranked Dickinson men's lacrosse team outscored Muhlenberg 9-1 in the second quarter on the way to a decisive, 19-5, Centennial Conference win on Saturday afternoon at Biddle Field.
The Red Devils provided much entertainment for the members of the 1958 National Championship team, who were recognized at halftime.
The Mules came out strong, taking a 2-1 lead and playing to a 3-3 tie at the end of the first quarter. Tucker Carney (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) tallied a goal and an assist in the opening period.
Six different players, including long pole midfielder Nate Usich (Avon, Conn./Avon Old Farms) scored to start the second quarter as they pulled in front 9-3. Carney handed out a pair of assists and capped the run with a goal off an assist from another long pole, defenseman Jack Doran (Ardmore, Pa./Haverford School).
Muhlenberg broke up the run at the 2:42 mark but Dickinson answered with three to close out the half with a 12-4 advantage.
The Red Devils opened the second half with a long pole to long pole as Doran fed Usich for his second goal of the game. Carney added another assist, finding Tyler Strods (Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles) for second of the day and Dylan Maher (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) tallied back-to-back to complete the hat trick.
Brodie Phillips (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) netted his third of game to start the fourth, adding three assists as well.
Carney finished with three goals and four assists after reaching the century mark with his 100th career point at Swarthmore last week. Phillips went 3-3 on the day while Maher scored three as well. Phil Regan (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) and Joel Mayo (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Berkshire School) each struck twice on the day as well.
Cole Pellicano (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) made 10 saves while Andrew Jones (Odenton, Md./Arundel) came to make a pair. Ryan Campbell (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fairhaven) won 14-of-22 face-offs and controlled six ground balls. Patrick Finneran (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) added four GBs on the defensive end.
Usich had a monster game, scoring twice and hitting the post while forcing five turnovers and controlling eight ground balls. The Red Devil defense held the Mules to just two goals in the second half.
The Red Devils improve to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the Centennial Conference. They travel to #10-ranked Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm start.