ROSEMONT, Pa. – James Vandegrift (five goals, two assists) and Cameron Leech (four goals, three assists) each posted a game-high seven points to help the Bryn Athyn College men's lacrosse team secure a place in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Tournament as the Lions defeated host Rosemont 16-9 Wednesday night.
Bryn Athyn (4-7, 3-2 CSAC) is in the postseason for the fourth consecutive season and will make its first-ever appearance in the CSAC Tournament since the College joined the league last summer. The Lions will get a preview of their semifinal round opponent when they close out the regular season against Stockton University on Saturday, April 20 at noon on General Ronald K. Nelson Field.
The Lions were clinging to a 9-8 lead late in the third quarter when Vandegrift scored for the fourth time, with an assist from Leech, at the 2:52 mark to provide a little bit of breathing room. The momentum from Vandegrift's goal carried over to the early stages of the fourth as Vandegrift and Nolan Bosserman both scored inside the first minute to increase the gap to 12-8.
A Sal Turelli goal would briefly slow down the Lions, but they would respond with the final four goals of the night in a 10:51 span to earn their spot in the CSAC Tournament. Bosserman completed his fourth-quarter hat-trick with back-to-back goals to start the run, while Kyle Shaffer—who had two goals—and Leech also added a goal.
Bryn Athyn got off to a fast start, outscoring Rosemont (3-10, 2-3 CSAC) 4-1 in the opening stanza. Leech opened the contest with a pair of unassisted tallies. After Ben Koszelak put the Ravens on the board, Jimmy Koniecki scored at the 4:59 mark and was quickly followed by a Shaffer goal 29 seconds later to produce the three-goal margin. The Lions outshot the Ravens 12-5.
Rosemont controlled the second quarter, despite being outshot 11-10, to close the margin to 5-4 at the half. Turelli and Koszelak found the back of the net to make the score 5-3. Vandegrift and Mason Dennis traded goals in the final 7:59 of the quarter.
The Bryn Athyn lead fluctuated between one and three goals during the third quarter. Mike Haas scored the first goal of the third at 13:58 to double the Lion advantage, but was quickly cancelled out by a Turelli goal 34 later to push the gap back down to one. Then, the teams traded two-goal mini-runs to move the score to 8-7.
In addition to his seven points, Leech added eight ground balls and four caused turnovers. Dan Condon went 21-of-25 at the faceoff X and picked up eight ground balls. Goalie Brad DePasquale stopped five shots.
Turelli led Rosemont with three goals and one assist, while Koszelak added three goals. Dylan Hummel scored twice in the third quarter. Mark Porter recorded 10 saves.