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The University’s second-seeded men’s lacrosse team looked for a victory against third-seeded Goucher College in the Landmark Conference semifinals Wednesday.
This game was a rematch of Saturday’s regular-season game, which the Royals won 8-7 in Towson, Md.
This time the Gophers came away victorious, as they handed the Royals an 8-4 loss at Fitzpatrick Field.
Goucher will return to the Landmark Conference championship game. Goucher was upset last season by fourth-seeded United States Merchant Marine Academy 6-5 in the first round of the Landmark Conference Tournament.
The Gophers outshot the Royals 34-32 Wednesday and controlled the ground ball game, recording a 30-23 advantage.
Junior midfielder Pierce Ingram led the Gopher’s (7-7, 5-2) attack with three goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Karl Wiszumerski recorded nine saves on 13 shots.
Junior attacker Will Mahle recorded one goal and one assist for the Royals.
The Royals (10-7, 5-2) started the game strong on the defensive side of the ball, which translated into an early goal. Sophomore midfielder Alec Mikrut netted his 29th goal of the season on an assist from Mahle at the 8:40 mark in the first quarter. Both sides would tighten up defensively until junior attacker Dylan Zook scored the Gopher’s first goal with 35 seconds remaining in the quarter, tying the game at 1-1.
After the teams scored one goal each, Goucher took control of the game midway through the second quarter. Ingram’s second goal of the quarter gave the Gophers a 3-2 advantage. First-year attacker Owen Demmerly would add to the lead, scoring his 19th goal of the season. Attacker Sam Morgan capped off the Gophers strong second quarter with a third unanswered goal, to give Goucher a 5-2 halftime lead.
The Royals held a 7-2 advantage in faceoffs in the first half but had two more turnovers and five fewer shots than the Gopher’s at the break.
Even though both teams managed to take nine shots, Mahle would score the only goal of a hard-fought third quarter with 6:46 remaining. This cut Goucher’s lead to 5-3.
The Gopher’s lead would prove to be too much for the Royals despite first-year attacker Ryan Mygatt’s fourth -quarter goal. After two more fourth-quarter goals from Ingram and Morgan for Goucher, junior midfielder Steve Patterson put away his 10th goal of the season, pushing the lead to 8-4 with just under a minute left to play.
Goucher will now play for the Landmark Conference Championship Saturday against first-seeded Susquehanna University. The defending champion Susquehanna Crusaders defeated fourth-seeded Drew University 9-4 Wednesday in the first semifinal matchup.
Since winning the Landmark Conference Championship in 2011 against the Gophers, the Royals have now fallen one game short of returning to the game for the third straight season.
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