#19 Shoremen Earn Hosting Honors For CC Tournament; Drop Bears, 9-3
WC Earned Right With Dickinson's 12-7 Win Over Gettysburg
COLLEGEVILLE, PA – Junior attackman Matt Lewis (Mt. Airy, MD/Glenelg Country School) had career-highs of four points and two assists to go along with two goals as visiting Washington College downed host Ursinus, 9-3, at Patterson Field in Centennial Conference men's lacrosse action in the regular season finale for both squads. The Shoremen improve to 10-4 overall and finish 7-1 in conference play, while the Bears finish at 6-9 and 2-6 respectively. It is the first time since 2008 that WC has recorded double figures in wins.
Washington will host the Centennial Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament on May 4 and 6 at Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium as #T13 Dickinson downed #18 Gettysburg, 12-7. The Shoremen needed Gettysburg to lose to host the tournament. It will be the first time Washington has hosted the men's lacrosse tournament since 2004. The Shoremen will host McDaniel, who clinched the fourth and final spot this afternoon with a 10-4 win at Swarthmore. The Shoremen and Green Terror will meet for the fourth time in the conference tournament, but the first time since 2004. Washington has won the prior three meetings, 19-15 in 2001, 12-8 in 2002 and 13-8 in 2004. The other game will be second seeded and reigning Centennial Conference champion Dickinson versus third seed Gettysburg. Game times will be announced on Monday.
Washington struck quickly in the first quarter with a pair of goals to take a 2-0 lead just 3:18 into the ballgame. Freshman attackman Grant Hughes (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) scored on a feed from Lewis with 12:22 left in the first quarter. Lewis made it a two-goal lead just 40 seconds later when he finished off a pass from junior midfielder Patrick Coyle (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall). After no scoring for 10 minutes, junior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) netted an unassisted goal with 2:10 left in the opening quarter for his 35th of the season.
In quarter number two, senior midfielder Dave Lundquist (West Chester, PA/Henderson) recorded an unassisted goal with 2:43 left in the first half to push the guests lead to 4-0.
In the third quarter, Lewis made it 5-0 with 11:58 remaining in the quarter on an unassisted goal. The Bears got onto the board when Mark Stratton scored with Darren Spangenburg recording the helper with 11:23 to go in the third. Stratton set up Jake Weber for his goal and WC lead was cut to 5-2 with 9:58 left in the quarter. The Shoremen though would counter with three goals in the final 2:14 of the third to take an 8-2 lead into the fourth quarter. Lewis chalked up his fourth point of the afternoon when he found senior attackman Dominic Serio (Finksburg, MD/Mount St. Joseph) and Serio put the ball into the goal to make it 6-2 with 2:14 remaining in the in the third. Just 24 ticks later, senior midfielder Michael Pancottine (Bellevue, WA/Issaquah) tallied an unassisted goal to make it 7-2 and Cord registered his second goal of the game to push the lead to six goals with 52 seconds left.
In the fourth quarter, junior defenseman Mike Pierandri (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) scored his first collegiate goal and point with 3:16 left to make it 9-2 Shoremen. Stratton scored his second of the goal of the game with 89 seconds left to cap the scoring.
Cord has a pair of goals for the Shoremen who enjoyed a 37-36 edge in shots on goal in the game. Senior goalkeeper Peter Stewart (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) stopped 14 shots in the victory. The Shoremen won eight of the 15 face-offs in the game and held a 28-19 edge in groundballs.
Stratton led Ursinus with three points on two goals and one assist. In cage, T.J. Magnani stopped 11 shots for the Bears.
WC was 0-for-4 on the man-up, while Ursinus was 0-for-8. The Shoremen were 5-for-7 in clears, while the Bears were 3-for-4.
Washington is in the tournament for the 10th time and the first time since 2009.