HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – Led by a season-high five goals from Cameron Leech, the Bryn Athyn College men's lacrosse team put performance a solid performance as the Lions knocked off host Centenary (N.J.) 13-4 in their Colonial States Athletic Conference debut Saturday afternoon.
Leech got the Lions (2-5, 1-0 CSAC) off to a hot start as he scored the first two goals of the afternoon in the opening 3:37 to give Bryn Athyn a 2-0 advantage. James Vandegrift assisted on both goals. Centenary got on the board at the 10:02 mark of the first quarter when Kyle Mott scored on the man-up to cut the gap to one. Bryn Athyn snapped a seven-plus-minute goalless stretch with two more goals in the final 2:50 to lead 4-1 after one. After assisting on the first two goals, Vandegrift put his name in the goal column for the first time with an assist from Shane McCurdy. Kyle Shaffer capped off the first quarter scoring, assisted by Jimmy Koniecki, with 37 seconds left on the clock.
Koniecki continued to keep Bryn Athyn's momentum going with the first of his two goals 4:48 into the second quarter. After Nick Biango trimmed the Lion lead to 5-2 at 6:43, Bryn Athyn scored twice in quick succession to move the gap to 7-2. First, it was Leech tallied his third goal at 3:54, then it was Shaffer scoring for the second time 51 seconds later. Vandegrift recorded his third and final assist of the game on Shaffer's goal.
Bryn Athyn dominated the third quarter thanks to scoring five times and getting four saves from goalie Brad DePasquale to keep Centenary off the board. Vandegrift and Leech both completed six-point days by each scoring twice. Koniecki also scored his second goal of the game during the surge.
Timothy Kaiser stopped the Lions' run with a goal at the 8:48 mark of the final quarter. Aidan Quaglino scored his first collegiate goal with 6:38 left in the contest to restore the Lions' 10-goal advantage (13-3). Biango closed out the scoring with 1:05 remaining.
DePasquale finished the match with 13 saves, while Centenary's Ryan LaCamera had seven stopped.
Bryn Athyn returns to action on Saturday, April 6 at Kean University at 1 p.m.