Red Devils Ready for NCAA Tournament Battle This Weekend in Carlisle

Red Devils Ready for NCAA Tournament Battle This Weekend in Carlisle

CARLISLE, Pa. - Coming off of their fifth Centennial Conference championship the Dickinson men's lacrosse team readies for battle this weekend in the NCAA Tournament as they take on the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks on Saturday at high noon in the second round. The other contest in Carlisle will start around 3 p.m. featuring the Bullets of Gettysburg College against the Roanoke College Maroons. 

Game Information

Opponent - Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks

Date - Saturday, May 14th

Time - 12:00 p.m.

Location - Carlisle, Pa. (Biddle Field)

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Tickets

Tickets will have to be purchased at the gate on the day of the game. Sales will be cash only and are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children (3 & older), and free for kids (2 & under). Dickinson College students are free of charge by presenting their STUDENT ID at the gate!

Weather Advisory! 

Saturday looks to be a wet and rainy affair so be prepared with your rain gear as we want RED DEVIL NATION to be out in full support and voice as they were last weekend! Umbrellas will be permitted inside the stadium, but must not be infringing upon another spectator's view of the action.

Regular Season Meeting - DEVILS 13, #12 Ducks 6 / Box Score | Recap

It was all about Dickinson goalie Chris Brandau as he made 24 saves in his Red Devil debut. The defense was dominant over the first three quarters allowing just three goals to the host Ducks which gave the offense the opportunity to build up a sizeable 9-3 lead after 45-minutes. Then, in the fourth goals by Matt Thurston and Capp Reynolds opened the margin to 11-3 with five minutes off the clock, before Thomas Sabatino tallied for the home team. Each side added two more with Owen Porter and Thurston notching the markers for DC to set the 13-6 result. The Red and White were paced by four goals from Porter and two each for Will Farrell and Thurston. Between the pipes, Jake Zeyher recorded 15 stops for the Ducks on 28 shots on goal. 

Inside the Devils Den (18-0, 8-0 Centennial)

All-Conference Honors

Dickinson had 10 players named to the All-Centennial Conference Teams announced earlier this week led by Defensive Player of the Year Teddy Macfarlane and Rookie of the Year Matt Thurston. Joining those two on the First Team were Chris Brandau, Will Farrell, John McKee, and Skyler Schluter. James Isaacson was the solo Devil named to the Second Team, while Tucker Booth, Sam Campbell, and Capp Reynolds received Honorable Mention. Head Coach David Webster earned his third Centennial Conference Coach of the Year award after picking up the honor back in 2010 and 2011.  

Chasing History

The Red and White have equaled the best start in program history at 18-0 which occurred back in the 2013 season. During that historical run in 2013, Dickinson went 15-0 in the regular campaign, before pushing the record to 18-0 after two wins in the Centennial Conference tournament and one in the NCAA Tournament. The charge ended in the NCAA Quarterfinals with a hard-fought 11-9 loss to Salisbury University. 

Brutal Schedule

The Red Devils are about as battle-tested as one could hope for having squared off against six nationally-ranked teams (at the time of playing them): #12 Stevens Institute of Technology (W, 13-6), #10 Cabrini (W, 9-7), #16 Stevenson (W, 11-10), #18 Denison (W, 14-10), #10 Franklin & Marshall (W, 13-11), and #17 Gettysburg (W, 15-9). They have also faced-off with four other teams that were receiving votes: Elizabethtown (W, 13-12), Ursinus (W, 14-11), Muhlenberg (W, 14-10), and Ursinus (W, 13-12). 

First-Year Phenoms

Porter and Thurston have been the main catalysts for the Red Devil attack all season as they have combined for 132 points on 97 goals and 35 assists. Thurston leads the Centennial Conference in goals with 57, while Porter ranks fourth with 40. Ethan Gess and Colin Williams have contributed ten goals and ten helpers. Gess had one of the more memorable goals of the campaign scoring a man-up overtime winner on Saturday to allow DC to capture the Centennial Tournament title. 

The Rest of the Attack

The Devils have had numerous players fill up the opposing cages as Booth (14), Campbell (28), Farrell (30), Isaacson (20) and Schluter (28) as they have been key cogs in the attack along with the potent first-year duo. 

Sharing the Rock

Schluter added three assists over the weekend to get him to 39 on the campaign which is increasing his single-season record-breaking mark. Booth chipped in four more during the conference tournament moving him to 22, followed by Porter (18), Thurston (17), and both Gess and Isaacson (10).     

Gaelic Guard

The upperclassmen trio of Teddy MacfarlanePeter O'Sullivan, and McCloskey have been as vital to the Devils success on the defensive end as each of them has caused double-digit turnovers with Macfarlane pacing the squad with 21 to go along with 31 groundballs. The duo of McCloskey and O'Sullivan have added a combined 34 caused turnovers while racking up 67 loose balls. In addition to this outstanding trio, ten members of the Red and White have forced five or more turnovers. 

Strong at the Dot

John McKee has been strong all season winning 221 out of 379 attempts and has tracked down 118 groundballs which led the Centennial by 20 over his next closest competitor. Michael Crawford and Ben Trucksess have also helped out at the X winning a combined 43 draws. In the previous matchup with Stevens, McKee took all 19 faceoffs on the day winning 12.  

The Keepers of the Cage

Brandau was strong once again between the pipes for the Devils on Saturday making a dozen saves in the thrilling 10-9 overtime win. His .581 save percentage was the tops in the Centennial Conference, while his 9.65 goals-against average ranks him fourth to go along with a stellar 13-0 record. Dickinson has also shown that they have a very capable number two in Patrick Scarborough who recorded a 5-0 record with a .620 save percentage and an 8.62 GAA.

The Opponents

Ducks on the Pond (13-7, 8-0 MAC Freedom)

Stevens will be playing their second game of the week after having to play the Skyline Conference winner SUNY-Maritime on Wednesday afternoon in the first round. The Middle Atlantic Conference (Freedom) champions earned a 16-8 home win over the Privateers to advance to Saturday's showdown with the Devils. The Ducks used a balanced offensive attack on Wednesday as Michael Burns, Ryan Caplis, Jack Savarese, and Mikey Whiteside each netted a hat-trick on the afternoon, while Russell Eberding, Evan Eggleston, Shaun Spiegel, and Brendan Sullivan each added one. Defensively, three different players caused multiple turnovers with Joe Cawley leading the way with three, followed by Eggleston and Whiteside who both had two. The duo of Conner Park and Eberding dominated at the X combining to go 22-27, which will be a key matchup to watch versus Dickinson. Jake Zeyher made the start in goal for the Ducks playing the first three quarters making four stops allowing six goals. In the previous matchup with the Red and White, he recorded 15 stops surrendering 13 goals. The Ducks have ten players who are in double-digits with goals, including four with 30 or more led by 41 each from Burns and Savarese, followed by Sullivan (34) and Caplis (33). Cawley is the top man to watch from the Stevens defense as he forced 30 turnovers on the campaign. Both Eberding and Park have won over 130 faceoffs posting marks of 136-237 (.574) and 145-242 (.599) respectively. In the cage, Zeyher has made all 19 starts going 11-7 with an 11.04 goals-against average which was fifth in the MAC coupled with a .484 save percentage. Head Coach Gene Peluso is in his 13th-year as head Duck posting a 165-61 record.       

Across the Battlefield (12-7, 6-2 Centennial)

Gettysburg earned an at-large "Pool C" bid into the NCAA Tournament after advancing to the Centennial Conference Tournament final where they erased a seven-goal fourth-quarter deficit before falling to Dickinson in overtime. Two Bullets had multiple goals on the day led by a hat-trick from George Raymond, while Connor Hume netted two. Griffin Gallagher, Kyle Howard, Spencer Knife, and Quinton Mather each added one. Johathan Moshe took all 22 faceoffs on the day winning nine of them. Between the pipes, Scott MacMillan recorded eight saves. The Gettysburg attack is led by five players with 20-plus goals led by Raymond on 38, followed by Knife (28), Mather (27), Gallagher (25), and Ward (21). The duo of Knife and Raymond have combined for 53 of Gettysburg's 129 assists on the campaign. Three Bullets have been credited with 20 or more caused turnovers with Andy Marquet heading the trio with 28, followed by Zack Puckhaber and Declan Harrigan have added 26 and 23 respectively. Moshe is their top guy at the X posting a mark of 170-353 on the season for a .486 win percentage. MacMillan has started every game in cage, for the Orange and Blue posting a conference-leading 8.86 goals-against average to go along with a .546 save percentage which ranks fifth in the Centennial. The Bullets are led by first-year head coach Peter Toner.  

In the Nest (13-6, 8-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference)

Roanoke arrives in Carlisle as the second "Pool C" team in the pod after advancing to the ODAC Semifinals where they suffered a 17-9 loss to the University of Lynchburg. In that contest the Maroons were led by two goals from George Gilbert, while the group of Ethan Caldwell, Luca Docking, Jay Frye, Luke Kammerman, Sean Kennedy, Brooks Klyver, and Wyatt Whitlow chipped in one each. Defensively, Matt Jahries had a team-high two caused turnovers. In cage, Taylor Lewis made 13 stops for Roanoke. At the faceoff X, Klyver won 12 of the 30 draws on the afternoon. For the season the Maroons have five 30-plus goal scorers led by 54 from Whitlow, with Kammerman (49), Gilbert (40), and both Caldwell and Docking (33) all contributing to the attack. Seven players have forced double-digit turnovers with John Dias causing a team-high 20, followed by Jahries (18), DJ Nolan (15), Aidan Sullivan (14), RT Williamson (13), Griffin Buck (11), and Lewis (10). Lewis has made all 19 starts for the Maroon and White posting a 13-6 record with a .515 save percentage which ranked fifth in the ODAC to go along with a 12.51 goals-against average. The Maroons are under the guidance of 34-year head coach Bill Pilat who is a Roanoke alum.  

Up Next - 3rd Round

The two winners on Saturday will get right back to action on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. for the 3rd Round of the NCAA Tournament at Biddle Field.