College Men’s Lacrosse Final – Guilford 9, Methodist 5

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Nick Damiano (Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford) and Aaron Parrish (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) both scored twice in Guilford College’s 9-5 lacrosse win over visiting Methodist University Friday night in the Armfield Athleic Center. Brennan Sweeney added a goal and two assists for the Quakers (4-3), who ended the Monarchs’ (7-2) seven-game winning streak.

Damiano scored twice and Parrish once during a 4-1 Guilford run to open the fourth quarter, which helped the Quakers open up a close game throughout. Neither team led by more than two goals as both goalies delivered strong play behind solid defenses. Parrish started the spurt with a blast from 18 yards away that beat Monarchs’ keeper Andrew Bingham. The Quakers won the ensuing face-off and 77 seconds later Sweeney took a feed from Zach Berkowitz and dent the twine with a bounce shot from 20 yards out. Aswan Bland sent a nice feed to Damiano a minute later and the senior beat Bingham from seven yards out to give Guilford an insurmountable 8-3 lead with 9:23 remaining.

Methodist entered the game ranked 13th nationally with a 14.75 goals per game average, but the Quakers held them to nearly a third of their season average. Goalie Parker Styles stood tall with 10 saves, five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Methodist’s Jake Smerka came into the contest averaging over three tallies per tilt, but netted only one Friday thanks to the efforts of senior Erik Fries (2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers) and juniors Will Forrestal (1 goal, 2 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers) and Matt Bowen (3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover). Guilford outshot the Monarchs, 45-33, and limited the Monarchs to 16 successful clears in 24 attempts.

Jay Robinson and Andrew Ruskey both scored a goal and an assist to pace Methodist’s offense with two points apiece. Bingham made 11 saves in goal with five ground balls. Matt DeSalvo and Trent Diaz helped Methodist win 10-of-18 face-offs.

Coach Tom Carmean’s Quakers host Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Roanoke College Tuesday (3/21) at 7:00 p.m.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
Methodist vs Guilford (Mar 17, 2017 at Greensboro, NC)
Methodist (7-2) vs. Guilford (4-3)

Date: Mar 17, 2017
Location: Greensboro, NC
Stadium: Armfield Ath. Center
Start time:7:00 PM
End time:8:55 PM
Total time:1:55

Methodist SCORING: GOALS: Jay Robinson 1; Andrew Ruskey 1; Trevor Dickinson 1; Chris Lombardi 1; Jake Smerka 1.
ASSISTS: Jay Robinson 1; Andrew Ruskey 1.

Guilford SCORING: GOALS: Nick Damiano 2; Aaron Parrish 2; Brennan Sweeney 1; Zach Berkowitz 1; Aswan Bland 1; Zack Capwell 1; Will Forrestal 1.
ASSISTS: Brennan Sweeney 2; Zach Berkowitz 1; Aswan Bland 1.

Methodist GROUND BALLS: Jackson Bingham 5; Jordan DeSalvo 2; Chris Lombardi 2; Aj Mejia 2; Kyle Peacock 2; Daniel Richards 2; Josh Brown 1; Razaun Dantzler 1; Matt Layden 1; Andrew Mayefskie 1; Jay Robinson 1; Jake Smerka 1.

Guilford GROUND BALLS: Parker Styles 5; Matt Bowen 4; Zach Berkowitz 3; Aswan Bland 3; Anthony Florian 3; Alex Ramey 3; Connor Sweeney 3; Zack Capwell 2; Will Forrestal 2; Erik Fries 2; Tony Batchler 1; Nick Damiano 1; Jake Dugal 1; James Liebrand 1; Aaron Parrish 1.

Methodist TURNOVERS CAUSED: Razaun Dantzler 1; Andrew Mayefskie 1; Daniel Richards 1.
Guilford TURNOVERS CAUSED: Will Forrestal 3; Parker Styles 3; Tony Batchler 2; Erik Fries 2; Aswan Bland 1; Matt Bowen 1; Zack Capwell 1.

SHOTS – Methodist 33; Guilford 45.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Methodist 15; Guilford 20.
PENALTIES – Methodist 6/5:00; Guilford 7/6:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Methodist 2-7; Guilford 1-6.
TURNOVERS – Methodist 19; Guilford 14.
FACEOFFS – Methodist 10-18; Guilford 8-18.
CLEARS – Methodist 16-24; Guilford 21-24.

GOALIES – MU: Jackson Bingham 7-2 (60:00 minutes, 20 shots-11 saves, 9 GA); GC: Parker Styles 4-3 (60:00, 15-10, 5).

Start time: 7:00 PM
Finish time: 8:55 PM
Length of game: 1:55
Officials: Scott Smith; Chris Bynum; Keith McAdoo.
Scorer: Guilford SID.
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