Nowicki, Evans, Trapp Have Big Days in Win
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Ninth-ranked host Washington College shook off a sluggish first half to outscore visiting Goucher College, 12-2, in the second half en route to a 16-7 non-conference win in the men's lacrosse opener for both schools this afternoon on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium.
The Gophers struck first, scoring just 90 seconds into the game when Owen Demmerly netted a goal off a feed from Sam Woodruff. The Shoremen evens things up 52 seconds later when junior midfielder Grant Hughes (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) scored off an assist from senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, Md./Franklin). Goucher then scored the next two goals to build a 3-1 lead as Demmerly scored with 11:36 left and Sam Morgan scored with 2:33 to play in the first. Hughes got Washington back to within a goal with an extra-man score off a feed from Nowicki with 1:16 on the clock.
Washington tied the score eight seconds into the second quarter as junior midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) scooped up the opening face-off and scored. Morgan put the Gophers back in front with a goal off a Demmerly feed with 9:30 left before senior midfielder Jim Cusick (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) scored off an assist from senior attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) with 7:58 left to even the game at 4-4. The Gophers went back in front just 10 seconds later when Dylan Zook scored off a pass from Max Roach to complete the second-quarter scoring.
The Shoremen dominated the second half, shooting 50% over the final 30 minutes of the game by scoring 12 times on just 24 shots. Cusick started the onslaught by scoring an extra-man goal off a Nowicki feed 34 seconds into the third quarter. Nowicki then scored three straight goals of his own at 12:06, 7:14, and 6:41, respectively. His first and third goals were assisted by sophomore midfielder Sid Looney (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton), while his second came off a feed from freshman attackman Owen Evans (West Chester, Pa./Reed Henderson). Junior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin) followed Nowicki's third goal, scored on an extra-man, with a man-up goal off his own off a feed from Hughes with 6:10 left in the third, giving Washington a 9-5 cushion. The Gophers temporarily stopped the bleeding when Demmerly scored off a pass from Woodruff with 1:37 left in the period.
The Shoremen piled on five unanswered goals to start the fourth quarter with unassisted tallies coming from Looney, Evans, and sophomore midfielder Brendon Hurley (Saint James, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and back-to-back goals where Evans found Campbell for scores. Zook scored off an assist from Steve Patterson to stop the run for Goucher before the Shoremen tacked on two goals in the final seconds, the first from Evans off a Luck feed and the second by freshman long-stick midfielder Zachary Kelly (Kennett Square, Pa./Salesianum [Del.]) off a Campbell pass, to provide the final margin.
Nowicki finished with three goals and three assists for the Shoremen, while Evans had two goals and three assists in his collegiate debut. Trapp was dominant on face-offs, going 16-for-22 with 11 ground balls to go along with his goal. Campbell added two goals and two assists, while Hughes had two goals and one assist and Cusick scored two goals. Looney tacked on a goal and two assists. Kelly had a game-best three caused turnovers to go along with his goal for Washington. Senior goalie Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) played the first 56:04 in net for the Shoremen, making nine saves while allowing six goals.
Demmerly led the Gophers with three goals and one assist in the loss, while Zook and Morgan each had two goals. Karl Wiszumerski made 12 saves for Goucher, but just three in the second half.
Washington finished with a 41-23 advantage in shots and a 40-27 admantage in ground balls. The Shoremen won 17 of the game's 25 face-offs and went 4-for-5 on extra-man opportunities while holding Goucher to 0-for-3.
The Shoremen return to action Wednesday with a 4:00 p.m. game at Wesley.