Pair of Five-Goal Runs Allows Gophers to Knock Off Eagles
Boncaro Sets Up Five Goals, Raising Career Total to 75 Assists
ST. DAVIDS, Pa. — Goucher strung together five consecutive goals two different times during today's non-conference game against Eastern. The first 5-0 run took place in the second quarter and put the Gophers ahead to stay; the second one consumed nearly six minutes in the fourth period and provided head coach Kyle Hannan's squad with an imposing eight-goal lead.
The Eagles tallied the final four goals of the contest, but that only served to reduce Goucher's final margin of victory to 13-9.
The Eagles (1-3) scored first in the second quarter, taking a 2-1 lead on a goal by Ronald Johnson 5:42, but then Rory Averett (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock North) got Goucher's first 5-0 run started when he tied the score at 2-2 midway through the period. The Gophers (3-4) went ahead for the first time on a goal by John Curry (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) with 5:55 remaining before halftime.
Before the break arrived, however, Averett stuck two more goals, boosting his team-leading total for the season to 21, and Zach Fratella (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) desposited an unassisted goal as Goucher's lead stood at 6-2 after 30 minutes.
Matt Lynch (Ivyland, Pa./LaSalle College) scored twice for Goucher in the third quarter, but David Darling did him one better and his third goal of the period had Eastern trailing only 8-5 heading into the final 15 minutes.
Two goals by Fratella just :24 apart to begin the fourth quarter put the Gophers up 10-5. The second 5-0 run also included goals by Jackson Lane (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill), Max Roach (Austin, Texas/Austin) and Mike Russo (Frederick, Md./St. John's Catholic Prep), which made the score 13-5 with 7:56 left to play.
The final two goals of the contest belonged to Darling, completing his five-goal performance.
Kyle Boncaro (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva), who set up both of Fratella's fourth-period goals, finished with five assists, which made the junior attackman only the fourth player in the history of Goucher's men's lacrosse program with at least 75 assists during his career.
The Gophers outshot the Eagles, 38-29, in the first meeting between the two schools in the sport of men's lacrosse.