Four-Goal Swing in Third Period Leads to Fourth Loss

Four-Goal Swing in Third Period Leads to Fourth Loss

Averett Becomes Fifth Player in Program History with 100 Career Goals

SWARTHMORE, Pa. — Goucher's two-goal advantage at the end of the first half turned into a two-goal deficit heading into the fourth quarter when the Gophers were outscored, 5-1, in the third quarter by Colorado College. The Tigers were able to expand their lead to as many as four goals in the final 15 minutes before securing an 11-9 non-conference victory this afternoon on Clothier Field.

Rory Averett (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock North) became only the fifth player in the history of Goucher's men's lacrosse program to score 100 goals in his career when he stuck a pair in the opening 13:05 today. The junior attackman's first goal was set up by Matt Lynch (Ivyland, Pa./LaSalle College) and tied the score at 1-1; his second goal snapped a 2-2 tie.

An unassisted goal by Kyle Boncaro (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) with :49 showing on the clock provided the Gophers with a 4-2 lead after one period.

Even though they combined to take 15 shots, the two teams managed just one goal apiece in the second quarter. The Tigers (1-0) closed to within 4-3 on an even-strength goal by Carson Christman, but an extra-man goal by Max Roach (Austin, Texas/Austin) restored Goucher's lead to two.

The Gophers (1-4) were limited to an unassisted goal by Zach Fratella (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine), even though they got off 10 shots in the third quarter. The Tigers caught and passed Goucher during a run of four consecutive goals, taking the lead for good on an unassisted goal by Steve Rijo with 6:26 remaining in the period.

Colorado College tacked on the first two goals of the fourth quarter to go up 10-6 before head coach Kyle Hannan's squad began mounting a comeback that started with Roach picking up an assist on a goal by Fratella. Then, within a span of 27 seconds, Lynch and Fratella both tallied unassisted goals, trimming the Tigers' lead to 10-9 with 5:10 left to play.

Fratella supplied Goucher with four goals and an assist.

After killing a 30-second penalty to keep it a one-goal game, the Gophers gained possession, cleared the ball and were able to get off two shots. Zach Steedman, who played all 60 minutes in goal for Colorado College, made plays on both of them and finished with 12 saves.