April 23, 2011

Sign of Life? WAC Upends No. 17 Cabrini

from press release

– Visiting Washington College, in its road finale, used a 9-1 scoring run spanning the third and fourth quarters to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 13-6 lead en route to a 13-10 victory over host #17 Cabrini College on Saturday afternoon in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The Shoremen improve to 5-8 on the year, while the Cavaliers slip to 8-5.

The win snaps a 14-game losing streak against ranked opponents for the Shoremen. The last time Washington topped a ranked opponent was on May 11, 2008 when the Shoremen downed #4 Lynchburg in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Shoremen jumped on the board first just 1:09 into the game when freshman attacker JD Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) scored on a feed from freshman attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, MD/Calvert Hall). The Cavaliers leveled the game exactly halfway through the first quarter at the 7:30 mark when Jeff Crosby scored on the man-up with Dan Terenick collecting the assist. Terenick put Cabrini up 2-1 with 5:47 left in the opening quarter on a pass from Paul Skulski. However 13 seconds later, sophomore attackman Matt Lewis (Mt. Airy, MD/Glenelg Country School) tied the game 2-2 on an unassisted tally.

In the second quarter, Campbell scored his second of the game with 8:12 left in the first half on a helper from sophomore attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) to put Washington up 3-2. The Shoremen took the first two-goal lead of the game when junior midfielder Morgan Braendel (Chester Springs, PA/Owen J. Roberts) netted an unassisted tally to make it 4-2. The Cavaliers cut the lead to 4-3 just 37 seconds later when Skulski pumped in a goal. Cabrini evened the contest at 4-4 with 63 seconds left in the second on a Brian Hill tally on the man-up with Matt Biegel chalking up the assist and that was the score at halftime.

Terenick put Cabrini back in front just 11 seconds into the third quarter to put the hosts up 5-4. Washington would knot the game at 5-5 with 12:15 left in the quarter when junior attackman Billy Stafford (White Hall, MD/Hereford) finished off a pass from Cusick to begin a three-goal run for Washington over the next 2:20. Cord would put the Shoremen ahead for good at 6-5 when he received a pass from junior attackman Tom Rixey (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) and deposited it into the goal with 11:46 left in the third. Cusick made it 7-5 when he scored on a man-up opportunity with senior midfielder Shane Kaski (Mosely, VA/Midlothian) recording the assist with 9:55 to go. The Cavaliers cut the lead to 7-6 when Joe Hughes found Crosby for a goal with 6:33 remaining in the third. Kaski gave WC the two-goal cushion back at 8-6 when he scored with 2:14 left in the quarter. The goal began a string of six unanswered goals for the Shoremen that carried into the fourth quarter.

The Shoremen scored the first five goals of the fourth quarter to take control of the contest. Cusick took a pass from Cord and tallied his second goal of the day to give WC a 9-6 lead just 75 seconds into the fourth quarter. Sophomore attackman Glen Tompkins (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) scored 51 seconds later to give WC a four-goal lead. Cord made it 11-6 when he received a Campbell pass and scored his second of the contest with 11:57 remaining in the game. Lewis put the Shoremen up six goals on an unassisted tally with 10:27 left in the fourth. Stafford made it 13-6 with 9:21 remaining in the second half with sophomore midfielder Patrick Coyle (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall) registering the assist to cap the six-goal run and culminate a 9-1 spurt for the visitors. Crosby ended the run with his third goal of the game with Bobby Thorp getting the assist with 6:21 left. The Cavaliers scored three more times in the final 5:46 to provide the final margin.

For Washington, Cord and Cusick both had four points on two goals and two assists. Joining Cord and Cusick with two goals on the afternoon were Campbell, Lewis and Stafford. For Stafford it was his first career two-goal game. Junior midfielder Stephen Evans (West Chester, PA/Henderson) won a game-high 12 face offs, tying his career-best, and scooped up nine ground balls to lead all players. Sophomore defenseman Jonny Poe (Coronado, CA/Coronado) grabbed a personal-best six ground balls in the victory. In goal, junior goalkeeper Peter Stewart (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) stopped a season-best 19 shots.

Skulski and Crosby each had a game-best three goals for Cabrini, while Skulski added two helpers for a game-high five points. Terenick had three points on two goals and one assist. Hill added two goals for the hosts, while Thorp passed out two assists. Joe Strain had six ground balls to lead the hosts. In goal, Erick Zarzecki played the first 47:06 and takes the loss. He allowed 10 goals and made five saves. He was relieved by Steve Oppenheimer, who allowed the final three goals to WC, while turning away three shots.

Washington was 2-for-6 in man-up situations while Cabrini was 2-for-7. The Shoremen were 20-for-23 in clears, while the Cavaliers were 13-for-17 in clears. Cabrini won 13 of the 25 face-offs in the game, while Washington held a slim edge in ground balls, 39-37. Cabrini held a 52-39 edge in shots in the contest.

The Shoremen will conclude their season on Saturday, May 7th when they host Salisbury University for the annual "War on the Shore" for the Charles B. Clark Cup. The game will be on WMAR (ABC 2 Baltimore) and ESPN3.com. Coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. with opening face-off at 1:06 p.m.

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