Hughes Is Huge: #7 Shoremen Banish Diplomats 9-6

Hughes Is Huge: #7 Shoremen Banish Diplomats 9-6

Junior Tallies Career-High Five Goals In Triumph

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Junior midfielder Grant Hughes (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) scored career-highs of five goals and five points, also game-highs, to help #7 Washington College down visiting Franklin & Marshall, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference men's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon at Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium.  The Shoremen are now 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the Centennial, while the Diplomats fall to 7-3 and 2-1 respectively.

Hughes put the Shoremen on the board with 6:05 left in the first quarter and Washington never trailed in the entire game.  Senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, Md./Franklin) made it 2-0 with 3:45 remaining in the opening quarter and it would be a two-goal lead for the Shoremen heading into the second.

Hughes made it 3-0 just 42 seconds into the second quarter on an unassisted tally before the Diplomats got onto the scoreboard with 10:09 left on a Chad Gamble man-up goal with Michael Bossidy netting the assist to cut the WC lead to 3-1.  The Shoremen took a 4-1 lead into halftime when Hughes scored his third goal of the half with the assist coming from junior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin) with 8:41 to go in the second.

Hughes scored the first two goals of the third quarter for the Shoremen as WC led 6-1 with 7:03 left in the third on a man-up score with Luck tallying the helper.  Hughes' first goal of the third was assisted by Nowicki with 8:55 to go.  Hughes scored five of the team's first six goals and three straight in the second and third.  F&M cut it to 6-2 on a Bossidy goal with Philip Gamble recording the assist with 6:14 to go in the second.  Sophomore midfielder Sid Looney (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton) made it 7-2 on a Nowicki assist with 4:20 to go in the third, before Chad Gamble scored his second of the game with 1:12 to go in the quarter on a Billy Kempner feed to trim the WC lead to 7-3 entering the fourth.

Kempner scored just 85 seconds into the fourth quarter with Tommy Wenk getting the assist to trim the deficit to 7-4, but Nowicki answered just 1:07 later to make it 8-4 unassisted.  Kempner scored his second goal of the quarter to cut it to 8-5 with 4:55 to go, but senior attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) made it 9-5 with 3:08 to go.  The Diplomats closed out the scoring with 1:36 left on a Bossidy tally from Philip Gamble.

Nowicki had four assists on two goals and two assists, while Luck handed out a personal-best two helpers.  Junior midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) dominated at face-offs going for 16-for-19 and leading all players with 11 ground balls.  In goal, senior goalie Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) had 11 saves, including five in the first quarter.

Bossidy, Chad Gamble and Kempner had two goals for the Diplomats to represent all of their scoring, while Philip Gamble had two assists to tie Luck and Nowicki for game-high.  In goal, Cameron Setian had 10 saves.  Josh Kanter had nine ground balls to lead the team and had a game-best three caused turnovers.

Washington outshot F&M by a 47-37 margin and won 16 of the game's 19 face-offs.  The Shoremen were 9-for-10 in clears, while F&M was 14-for-21.  F&M had 38 ground balls to Washington's 31.  F&M went 1-for-7 in man-up situations, while WC was 1-for-2. 

The Shoremen are now 17-0 all-time versus the Diplomats here in Chestertown.

Washington is off until next Friday when they travel to Muhlenberg for a 7:00 p.m. face-off in Centennial Conference action.