The Falcons were victorious in the first HEADstrong Foundation Classic by way of a lopsided 13-0 win that was decided by halftime.
Organized by Cedar Crest senior lacrosse player Kyle Robins, the game was a special fundraiser for the HEADstrong Foundation. Robins and fellow senior teammate Ryan Smith are both cancer survivors who now live cancer-free.
"I had melanoma, and he had leukemia," Robins said after the win. "Helping with cancer research was nice, and it's a lacrosse-related foundation (too)."
Donations were accepted throughout the game, and all concession sales were donated to the cause. The Falcons sported lime green shoelaces, chin straps and shooting shirts. The game was played with lime green lacrosse balls as well.
Proceeds from the lime green equipment, which were bought from the HEADstart Foundation, also benefit the foundation. The event raised over $1,800 for cancer research.
"(Kyle) did a lot, if not all, of the leg work," said head coach Brian Powers. "He organized it, and he had a good game, too."
Cedar Crest (2-3) dominated the opening two quarters and led 9-0 at halftime. The Falcons maintained possession of the ball in their attacking zone for the majority of the game. The Blazers were simply overmatched and overpowered by the Falcons all over the field.
"We only had two wins altogether last year," said Powers. "We're obviously improving. Five years ago (when) we threw the ball, it was on the ground the whole time.
"It helps (that) most of these guys have been starting since they were freshmen. We still got a long way to go though to compete with the big boys. We have a lot of work yet."
Rich Ellinger struck first for the Falcons inside of three minutes after carrying the ball the length of the field. Cedar Crest only led 3-0 after one despite possessing the ball for nearly the entire opening quarter.
The lack of scoring ended quickly in the second stanza when Cedar Crest doubled its tally within the first two minutes. Robins netted two goals in eight seconds, and Tyler Black scored his first goal of the game a mere 14 seconds later.
Black netted his second goal midway through the quarter to put the home team up 7-0. Austin Hummel and Cole Miller scored goals within nine seconds of each other to give the Falcons their 9-0 halftime lead with just over two minutes remaining in the half.
Cedar Crest was simply too physical for its Lancaster County opponent. The Falcons were relentless in their stick checks whenever a Blazer cradled the ball and laid down some solid body checks in the open field.
The hosts opened both halves of play slowly. Skyler Hoffert began the second-half scoring, striking twice in the first seven minutes. Andrew Beamesderfer finished off the quarter with his third goal.
The Blazers were dispossessed just outside of the Falcons' attacking zone; a quick pass in front of the net was all Beamesderfer needed to turn and fire the ball into the back of the net just before the horn.
Already up 12-0 and playing under a continuous clock-mercy rule, Beamesderfer scored his fourth and the game's final goal five minutes into the last quarter of play.
Note: The HEADstrong Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by the late Nicke "Head" Colleluori. The organization's goal is to raise awareness and funds in the fight against blood cancer. Colleluori, a suburban Philadelphia native and former lacrosse player at Ridley High School and Hofstra University, passed away in November 2006 at the age of 21 following a 14-month battle with large B-cell non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.