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PREVIEW: Lions square off with top-seed Stockton in CSAC Tournament on Saturday

PREVIEW: Lions square off with top-seed Stockton in CSAC Tournament on Saturday

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 -- at Stockton (Stockton Turf Field, Galloway, N.J.) 7 p.m. - CSAC Tournament Semifinal
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BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's lacrosse team will open its Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Tournament against Stockton University Saturday evening.

Bryn Athyn enters the tournament as the four seed after posting a 3-3 record in CSAC play. The Lions defeated the three teams below them in the standings and lost to the top three seeds in the CSAC Tournament during the season. Bryn Athyn is 4-8 overall.

Stockton earned the top seed for the CSAC Tournament thanks to a perfect 6-0 run through the CSAC in the regular season. The Ospreys have a 15-2 overall record.

The winner of this game will advance to the CSAC Tournament title match and take on either No. 2 Montclair State or Kean on Saturday, May 4. The conference champion receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday night is the fourth meeting between the Lions and Ospreys with Stockton winning the previous three meetings. One week ago, Stockton defeated Bryn Athyn 22-8 on General Ronald K. Nelson Field. The Lions' last trip to Galloway came on March 14, 2018—a 15-9 victory over the Ospreys.

In the most recent meeting, Stockton ran off nine straight goals in the first quarter to storm ahead 10-1 after 15 minutes of play. Bryn Athyn scored four man-up goals in the second quarter to pull within 13-7 at the half. Stockton outscored Bryn Athyn 9-1 in the second half.

James Vandegrift scored three times for Bryn Athyn, while Cameron Leech had one goal and four assists. Stockton got 10 points from Dante Poli (three goals, seven assists) and Erik Anderson (seven goals, three assists).

Bryn Athyn enters the conference tournament with the fourth-best offense in the CSAC, averaging 9.67 goals per game. The Lions offense has improved in CSAC play, scoring 11.17 goals in the six conference games.

All-CSAC first team selection and two-time player of the week Cameron Leech leads the Lions offensive attack with 4.50 points per game, which places Leech third in the CSAC. He is third in the league in assists with 2.33 per game and 10th in goals with 2.17. Bryn Athyn is 3-2 in games where Leech has six or more points.

James Vandegrift—an All-CSAC honorable mention player—is Bryn Athyn's top goal scorer with 31 goals. Vandegrift is the only Lion to score in all 12 regular season matches. Kyle Shaffer has 16 goals and Jimmy Koniecki has 15.

All-CSAC second-team goalie Brad DePasquale has a 13.16 goals against average, a .489 save percentage, and 133 saves. DePasquale has recorded double-digit saves seven times. In the first meeting with Stockton, he had seven saves.

Helping DePasquale on defense are Al-CSAC honorable mention pick Dillon Fields and Tommy Kozlowski. Kozlowski is sixth in the CSAC with 1.33 caused turnovers per game and second on the team with 35 ground balls. Fields has 23 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.

The Lions are winning 38.9 percent of their faceoffs. Dan Condon has 70 faceoff wins and All-CSAC honorable mention player Shane McCurdy won 23 and leads the team with 50 ground balls.

Stockton is the top offensive team in the CSAC, averaging 18.94 goals per game—23.33 in CSAC play. The Ospreys won their six conference matches by an average of +17.3. Stockton is second in the conference with a 9.19 goals against average.

The team has an 8-1 home record with the only loss coming March 16, 11-10 in overtime at the hands of Elizabethtown.

The Ospreys had 12 players named to the All-CSAC team, including player of the year Luc Swedlund; defensive player of the year Colin Wharton; and rookie of the year Dante Poli.

Swedlund leads the conference in goals per game with 4.53, while Anderson tops the conference with 2.65 assists per game. Anderson and Swelund are 1-2 in the CSAC in points per game with 5.47 and 5.24, respectively.

Goalie Justin Ruiz leads the CSAC in save percentage (.581) and is third in saves per game (12.41) and goals against average (9.88).

Matt Thermann leads the team at the faceoff X with a .563 winning percentage (182 for 323).