March 5, 2014

Dziewit, Formanczyk Power Men's Lacrosse Past Oberlin

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Alexander Dziewit scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, and Kyle Formanczyk collected seven saves in the fourth quarter and overtime as Albion College earned a 6-5 victory over Oberlin College in a non-league men's lacrosse contest Wednesday night.

Dziewit and Dylan Neal, who produced a goal and an assist, finished the contest with nine shots apiece. Albion took six more shots than Oberlin, 38-32, in the contest.

"That was a very good Oberlin team," Albion Head Coach Jake DeCola said. "They may have the strongest group we have faced so far this season."

Kevin O'Grady and Neal scored first-quarter goals and Dziewit tacked on his first goal of the night two minutes into the second quarter as Albion forged a 3-0 lead.

Matthew Fox produced a goal and an assist and Connor Jackson and Eric Hager added scored as Oberlin rallied to tie the match, 3-3, early in the third quarter. Oberlin gained the lead on John Firestone's goal 4 ½ minutes into the third quarter.

Joel Hedemark scored the goal that tied the score at 4-4 and he assisted on a goal by Dominic Hamper with 3:58 left in the third that forced overtime.

Oberlin won the overtime face-off and ripped three shots while holding on to the ball for 2 ½ minutes.

Formanczyk scooped up a ground ball after making his second save of the period. Neal took Albon's first shot, but it sailed high of the goal. Dziewit didn't miss.

"Kyle was great. He made many stops on the doorstep," DeCola said.

Formanczyk was helped by an Albion defense that was successful on 18-of-19 clearing opportunities and limited Oberlin to one goal on eight extra-man opportunities.

Albion, 4-1 overall, will play the second in a stretch of four matches on the road Saturday when it challenges Concordia (Wis.) University.