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2017 Summer League Champions - Indians

By D. Jenesky, 08/15/17, 11:45PM EDT


Indians end Cinderella run of Sideline Swap in Men’s Summe League Lacrosse Championship!

Danny Seibel scored four goals and Joe Delaney notched three, as the #2 seeded Indians (8-0) capped their undefeated season with a 10-5 victory over underdog and # 8 seeded Sideline Swap (6-4) Tuesday night at Rotch Field.  Sideline Swap, winners of their last five games (the final four by one goal), knocked off two higher seeds on the way to the final, but were outscored 9-3 in the second half to end their run.

The first 13 minutes was dominated by the goalies with Sideline Swap scoring the lone goal as both the Indians Cam Bell and Sideline Swaps Chris McPartland recorded multiple saves.  Sideline Swaps Luke Marchand doubled the lead at the 13:50 mark and it looked like the underdogs again were about to take out a higher seed, but Delaney ripped home his first of the night with 8 minutes remaining and the Indians would trail only 2-1 at the break.

The second half was dominated by the Indians as game MVP Elliot Burke controlled the face-off dot and possession shifted to the favorites.  Seibel equalized at the 2:49 mark after a great full field rush by Bell and Delaney gave the Indians their first lead with a laser to the top corner at 5:48.  After the lead was pushed to 4-2, Sideline Swap responded with a goal by Tim Smits to cut the deficit to one, but the Indians Will Walker responded to make the score 5-3 with just over 15 minutes remaining.  Smits again cut the lead in half with his second of the night at the 10:37 mark, but the Indians put the game out of reach with 5 unanswered goals, as Seibel and Delaney scored two markers apiece in the run.  With under a minute remaining Sideline Swap would score a goal to break the drought, but it was too little and far too late to stop the Indians as the final whistle blew seconds later. Although Burke was named MVP, Bell was also instrumental in the victory with 10 saves and multiple end to end rushes to start the attack.