March 28, 2009

No. 14 Black Squirrels Solve No. 8 WAC

from press releases

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Fourteenth-ranked Haverford College used a four-goal run in the first half to take control of the game en route to an 8-5 Centennial Conference men's lacrosse victory over eighth-ranked host Washington College tonight on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium.

The Fords took over sole possession of first place in the conference, improving to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play. The Shoremen fell to 8-2 and 3-1 with the loss.

Washington opened the scoring with 9:01 left in the first quarter when senior attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) scored to give the Shoremen their only lead of the game. The Fords would score the next four goals to surge in front, 4-1.

Andrew Kim found Max Hjelm for a goal with 8:10 left in the first, Zack Cohen scored with 13:49 to play in the second quarter, Travis Gregory assisted on a goal by Myles Monaghan with 9:30 to go in the second, and Hjelm scored again with 9:03 to play in the second quarter to complete the run. The Shoremen trimmed the lead to 4-2 before halftime as junior attackman Brendan O'Leary (Annapolis, MD/Broadneck) scored off an assist from senior midfielder Casey O'Connor (Crownsville, MD/Archbishop Spalding) with 2:39 left in the half.

Haverford pushed the lead back to three goals as David Lawrence opened the third-quarter scoring off an assist from Matt Turnier 1:38 into the period. Washington answered with 8:59 left in the third when O'Connor scored to make it 5-3. The Fords then scored the final two goals of the third quarter as Monaghan scored off an assist from Jason Leeds with 5:01 left and Brian Fleishhacker scored 10 seconds later to push the lead to 7-3.

Neither team would score again until 3:44 remained in the game when sophomore attackman Josh Perlow (Owings Mills, MD/Boys Latin) scored an extra-man goal for the Shoremen off a Kielek assist. Haverford answered 37 seconds later when Hjelm found Fleishhacker for an extra-man goal with 3:07 on the clock to make it 8-4. Washington sophomore midfielder Doug Herdegen (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) scored with 42 seconds left to provide the final margin.

Hjelm, Monaghan, and Fleishhacker each scored two goals a piece to lead the Fords. Hjelm also had an assist. Haverford goalkeeper Joe Banno made 15 saves in the win.

Kielek and O'Connor each had a goal and an assist for the Shoremen. Senior goalie Gordon Cohen (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) made 12 saves.

Washington held a 38-27 advantage in shots in the game, but Haverford won 10 of the game's 16 face-offs.

The win for the Fords was their first-ever over the Shoremen in 20 all-time meetings.

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