Big Second Half Carries Red Devils in Season Opener

Red Devil men's lacrosse player Tucker Booth winds up for a shot
Photo by Matt O'Haren

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's lacrosse team opened the 2021 season with a strong second half to turn back visiting McDaniel College, 12-5, on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter as Tucker Booth (Timonium, Md./Boys' Latin) fed Jake Giotto (Pittsburgh, Pa./Quaker Valley) in the opening minute and then finished an assist from Will Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Salisbury School) for a 2-0 advantage.

Micah Smith answered for McDaniel before Sascha Gannon (Lexington, Mass./Belmont Hill) found the net and Skyler Schluter (Summit, N.J./Summit) scored off a feed from Edward Sinnott (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) at the 2:19 mark.

Smith added three more for McDaniel in the second period to cut the deficit to 6-4 at halftime. Booth added another assist, finding Schluter for his second of the game and Gannon tallied again as well, scoring off an assist from Reese Norton (Timonium, Md./Hyde School).

Both teams had strong defensive stands in the third as the Red Devils tallied the lone goal of the period. First-year Cooper Chamberlain (Chester Springs, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) netted his first collegiate goal at the 4:23 mark.

The Red Devils closed out strong, outscoring the Green Terror 5-1 in the final period for the 12-5 victory. Farrell scored off a Schluter assist in the opening minute and first-year face-off specialist John McKee (Virginia Beach, Va./Episcopal) found Booth just six seconds later to stretch the lead to 9-4.

Booth reached the hat-trick with an assist from Farrell and Schluster returned the favor from earlier in the game, finding Sinnott open at the 9:14 mark.

Brooks broke up the run with his fifth goal of the game before Norton closed out the scoring with a nice feed to Lee Dunn (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro) in the final minute.

Booth led the attack with three goals and two assists while Schluter added two goals and two assists.

McKee won 10 face-offs and controlled seven ground balls while Peter O'Sullivan (New Canaan, Conn./Avon Old Farms) anchored a solid defensive effort with three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Stroud Corr (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) made four saves on the day.

The Red Devils outshot the visitors, 47-20, and held a 29-15 advantage in ground balls.

Dickinson improves to 1-0 on the season. They have a bye next Saturday before hosting Gettysburg College at 3:00 pm on April 3.