#15 Shoremen Score Eight First-Quarter Goals in 16-8 Season-Opening Win at Goucher
DiSalvo Makes 14 Saves in First Collegiate Start
TOWSON, MD -- When the Washington College men's lacrosse team saw its 2012 season come to an end at the hands of Goucher College in last year's NCAA Division III Tournament, the Shoremen were held to just four goals. In their 2013 season opener, the 15th-ranked Shoremen doubled that total in just the first quarter en route to a 16-8 win over those very same Gophers this afternoon in Towson, MD.
The Shoremen wasted little time jumping out to a lead as sophomore midfielder Grant Hughes (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) scored 73 seconds into the contest and sophomore midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains) won the ensuing face-off cleanly and scored 11 seconds later to give Washington a 2-0 lead with 13:36 remaining in the first quarter. The lead grew to 3-0 when junior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) scored an extra-man goal with 9:40 remaining in the first, but Goucher's Tristan Morris scored just seven seconds after a face-off violation to trim the lead to 3-1 with 9:33 left in the period. Goucher (1-1) pulled to within a goal when Sam Woodruff scored with 7:52 on the clock, but Washington countered with a goal by senior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) with 5:40 remaining in the period.
Washington's fifth goal came from Nowicki, off an assist from junior attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) with 4:34 remaining and Trapp followed with another goal off a face-off six seconds later as the Shoremen built a 6-2 cushion. The Gophers got back on the board with 3:23 to go in the period on a goal by Pierce Ingram, but Hughes scored his second goal of the game, this one off an assist from senior attackman Matt Lewis (Mt. Airy, MD/Glenelg Country School), to push the lead to 7-3 with 2:25 left in the opening quarter. Campbell tacked on Washington's eighth goal of the quarter with just 24 seconds on the clock off a Lewis assist.
Nowicki opened the second-quarter scoring with a goal off a rebounded shot with 8:03 left before halftime to extend the lead to 9-3. Steve Patterson scored for the Gophers with 2:58 remaining in the second quarter and Max Roach scored off a Dylan Zook assist with 2:10 to go, trimming the lead to 9-5 at halftime.
The Gophers opened the second-half scoring with a goal by Sam Woodruff off an assist from Sam Morgan with 7:02 to play in the third quarter, narrowing the gap to 9-6. Zook then scored an extra-man goal off a Zachary Fratella assist with 5:59 left in the period. The Shoremen ended the four-goal Goucher run when junior attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, MD/Calvert Hall) scored an unassisted goal with 4:29 left in the third quarter putting Washington back up by three goals. The Shoremen upped the lead to 11-7 when freshman midfielder David McBrien (Bel Air, MD/Calvert Hall) scored his first collegiate goal with 2:27 to play in the third. Washington got its third straight goal to end the quarter when junior midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, CA/Coronado) scored with 17 seconds left as the Shoremen took a 12-7 lead into the final quarter.
Cord scored 18 seconds into the fourth quarter and then found Hughes for an extra-man goal with 13:52 left to make it 14-7. Cusick tacked on the Shoremen's 15th goal on an extra-man opportunity off an assist from Nowicki with 6:29 to go in the contest. Zook scored an extra-man goal off a Roach assist with 2:08 remaining, but Lewis answered 20 seconds later to provide the final margin.
The 16 goals scored by the Shoremen are their most in a season opener since a 17-9 win over Widener exactly 11 years ago today. It also marks the fist time the Gophers have given up at least 16 goals since a 16-6 loss at Gettysburg on March 3rd, 2010.
Nowicki led a balanced Washington offense with three goals and one assist. Hughes added three goals of his own, while Cord had two goals and one assist and Lewis one goal and two assists. Cusick and Trapp had two goals a piece. Trapp also had a game-best eight ground balls to go along with a 14-for-21 performance on face-offs.
Junior goalie Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, FL/Spanish River) made 14 saves in first collegiate start for Washington. Senior defensman Mike Pierandri (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) tallied four caused turnovers and two ground balls, while junior long-stick defenseman Jonny Poe (Coronado, CA/Coronado) had three caused turnovers and five ground balls.
Zook (two goals, one assist) and Woodruff (two goals) led the Goucher offense. Connor Mishaw played the first 58:25 in goal for Goucher and made 15 saves while allowing all 16 goals.
The Shoremen held a 56-39 advantage in shots in the game and a dominating 44-17 advantage in ground balls.
The Shoremen return to action one week from today with their home opener - a 1:00 p.m. game against long-time rival Washington and Lee.