Bryn Athyn College men's Lacrosse team concluded their regular season with an 8-7 overall record while finishing with a 6-2 record in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) contests. The Lions ended the season a with a strong 6-0 win streak in the month of April, after dropping first two conference plays. The Lions stands at the #3 seed and will face #2 seed Cazenovia College in the NEAC playoffs.
Coach Durkin expressed,"We are excited about the first round matchup against Cazenovia who has proven to be a really successful team with a high powered offense. I am encouraged by the momentum we have been able to build during the latter part of our NEAC conference play and look forward to a really exciting game on Wednesday. Our guys put in a lot of work not only during the the season, but the offseason as well; all for moments like Wednesday. Can’t wait to get up there.”
The Lions' offense was led by junior midfielder Jon Carr whom finished the regular season with team high 48 points (35 goals, 13 assists). Behind Carr were senior midfielder Ryan Landels (46 points), freshman midfielder Jesse Frazier (43 points), and junior attack Nolan Frame (40 points). Freshman attack James Vandegrift finished with 32 points in conference plays, and also had strong performances during the last four games (27 points) including collegiate career high five assists in an 11-7 victory over SUNY Poly to go along with two goals and a ground ball. The 32 conference play points by Vandegrift is the top on the Lion's offense and also ranked among the tops in the NEAC. Freshman goalkeeper Brad DePasquale finished the regular season as the Lion's primary goal keeper while earning an 8-7 record and collected 144 saves.
Earlier in the season, the Lions faced the Wildcats on Saturday, April 1st, in the NEAC opener and dropped a 13-10 decision. After a 2-2 tie at the end of the first quarter, Bryn Athyn College added four unassisted goals in the second quarter, including one right before the buzzer (0:01) from Landels as the Lions overcame a man-down situation near intermission and took a commanding 6-3 lead.
In the third period, Cazenovia College crawled back into the game with six straight goals to take a 9-6 lead.Carr and Frazier halted the Wildcats' run when both scored to help the Lions trim their deficit to one, 9-8, heading into the final period. During the fourth quarter, the Wildcats made another run to separate themselves by four goals, 12-8. Frazier again provided a spark on an unassisted goal at 5:40 and assisted Andrew Coyle 18 seconds later (5:22) to help the Lions pull within two, 12-10. A minute later (4:16), the Wildcats would put a final score on the board and secured a 13-10 victory.
The playoff begins at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3rd at Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and this will be the Lion's second straight post season appearance since joining the NEAC during the 2014-2015 year..