March 6, 2012

WAC Hits No. 600 Against Former Coach

from press release

Bennett Cord (above) scored three goals and dished out all three of his assists during Washington College's epic 10-0 third period, lifting the Shoremen to a 13-5 victory over Elizabethtown. The win was the 600th in WAC's history, and it came against former head man Terry Corcoran.
© Kevin P. Tucker

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - The Washington College men's lacrosse team scored 10 third-quarter goals en route to its 600th all-time win with a 13-5 non-conference victory over visiting Elizabethtown this afternoon on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium.

The Shoremen (1-2) recorded their historic victory with one of their former head coaches on the opposite sideline. Elizabethtown head coach Terry Corcoran went 125-55 in 12 seasons as the Shoremen's head coach from 1983 through 1994. Washington is now 600-338-1 all-time.

Washington held a 3-1 lead at the half after out-shooting the Blue Jays, 28-9, over the first 30 minutes. Junior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) scored the only goal of the first quarter with 8:00 on the clock. Cord gave the Shoremen a 2-0 lead with a goal off a feed from freshman attackman Grant Hughes (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) with 7:28 left.

The Blue Jays got on the board with 2:26 left in the half when Shawn Corcoran scored on the extra man off an assist from Derek Neiheiser. The Shoremen pushed the lead back to two goals when sophomore attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) scored off an assist from junior midfielder Patrick Coyle (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall) with 1:40 remaining. Elizabethtown goalkeeper Brendan Corcoran kept the Blue Jays close throughout the half by making 14 saves over the first two quarters.

The Shoremen blew the game open in the third quarter, scoring 10 goals on just 18 shots. Washington's first five goals of the quarter came in span of just 2:58. Hughes started the onslaught with goal off a Coyle assist with 12:06 left in the period. Freshman midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains) won the ensuing face-off, sprinted down the field, stutter-stepped near the crease and fired in the Shoremen's fifth goal nine seconds after their fourth.

A goal by sophomore attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, MD/Calvert Hall) off a feed from Cord with 10:36 on the clock, an unassisted tally by sophomore midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) with 9:29 left, and a goal by Cord off a feed from sophomore midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, CO/Coronado) with 9:08 on the clock pushed the lead to 8-1.

Hughes scored off a Cord assist with 6:29 left in the third, junior attackman Matt Lewis (Mt. Airy, MD/Glenelg Country School) scored off a feed from senior midfielder Dave Lundquist (West Chester, PA/Henderson) with 3:05 remaining, and freshman midfielder Adam Smith (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) scored an extra-man goal off a feed from Cord with 2:24 left as the lead ballooned to 11-1. The Shoremen tacked on two more goals before the end of the period to push the lead to 13-1 as Lewis scored off a feed from senior attackman Dominic Serio (Finksburg, MD/Mount St. Joseph) with 12 seconds to go and Englehart fired in a shot with just over a second remaining.

Washington played its bench for nearly all of the fourth quarter as Elizabethtown (2-1) tacked on four goals to provide the final margin.

Cord led the Shoremen with three goals and three assists on the afternoon. Hughes added two goals and one assist, Lewis scored two goals, Englehart had a goal and an assist, and Coyle had two assists to complete the Shoremen's multiple-point getters. The goals by Trapp and Smith were the first of their respective collegiate careers. Trapp went an impressive 9-for-10 on face-offs for Washington, while senior goalie Peter Stewart (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) made seven saves and allowed just one goal while playing the first three quarters of the contest.

Shawn Corcoran led the Blue Jays with two goals, while Neiheiser had one goal and one assist and Dan Patton tallied three assists. Brendan Corcoran finished with 20 saves in the contest.

Washington held a commanding 59-23 advantage in shots and won 14 of the game's 19 face-offs.

The Shoremen return to action Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Wesley.

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