Shoremen End Game on 11-2 Run to Clinch Conference Tournament Berth
CARLISLE, Pa. -- Sixth-ranked Washington College rallied from a 10-5 third-quarter deficit by ending the game on an 11-2 run to defeat host Dickinson College, 16-12, in a Centennial Conference men's lacrosse game this afternoon on Biddle Field. The Shoremen, who scored eight of the fourth quarter's nine goals, clinched a spot in the four-team Centennial Conference Tournament by improving to 6-0 in conference play and 11-1 overall with the win. The loss dropped the Red Devils to 6-6 and 3-2.
Washington actually held a 5-3 lead early in the second quarter before Dickinson ended the first half with five straight goals to take an 8-5 lead on a Tyler Llewellyn tally off a Tyler White assist with 18 seconds to go before the intermission. Dickinson's lead grew to five when Chase Phillips scored and Chris Menard found the back of the net off a pass from Rob Kendall with 12:02 and 8:17 remaining in the third quarter, respectively. Washington scored the next three goals to pull within two at 10-8 on a goal by senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, Md./Franklin) with 5:16 to play in the third. Brian Gleason answered for the Red Devils with an extra-man goal with 2:08 to go in the third to give Dickinson an 11-8 advantage heading into the final quarter.
The Shoremen's fourth-quarter barrage began with a goal by junior attackman Sam Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) scored just 53 seconds into the period. After junior midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) scored off the face-off 12 seconds later to cut the lead to a goal, Dickinson temporarily stopped the beldding with a Kendall goal off an assists from Gleason with 9:57 to play to set the score at 12-10. Junior midfielder Grant Hughes (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) scored an extra-man goal for Washington 23 seconds later and junior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin) scored off a feed from senior midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) with 7:57 to go to even the count at 12 goals each. Luck then scored what would prove to be the game-winner off a Hughes feed with 5:29 left, but the Shoremen kept pouring it on. Senior attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) scored an extra-man goal with 3:05 left, Luck scored again with 1:42 to play, and Nowicki added the 16th and final goal of the afternoon for the Shoremen with just 30 seconds left. Washington's eight fourth-quarter goals came on just 12 shots in the period.
Luck paced the Shoremen with four goals on the afternoon while senior attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and Cusick tallied three goals each. Nowicki added two goals and three assists, while Hughes chipped in two goals and one assist. Senior goalie Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) made 11 saves in the win.
Menard led the Red Devils with four goals, while Llewellyn added three and Gleason wound up with one goal and two assists. Nick Baxter made 10 saves in the game for Dickinson.
The Shoremen held a 53-36 advantage in shots in the game.
The Shoremen return to action one week from today with a 1:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against Gettysburg.