Washington Goes Unbeaten in Centennial Conference Play for First Time Since 2004
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Sixth-ranked host Washington College shook off a slow start to defeat visiting Swarthmore, 11-6, in the Shoremen's regular-season finale tonight on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. Washington improved to 13-1 overall and completed its first unbeaten regular-season Centennial Conference schedule since 2004 at 8-0 with the victory. The Garnet slipped to 4-10 and 1-6 with the loss.
Swarthmore took an early 2-0 lead in the game on a goal by Ian Lukaszewicz off a feed from Eric Levin with 13:43 to go in the first quarter and another by Jonathan Molloy off a Lukaszewicz assist. Senior attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) put the Shoremen on the board with a wide-open transition goal off a feed from senior attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) with 6:00 on the clock.
The Garnet added another goal to open the second quarter as Molloy scored off an assist from Andrew Preiser 36 seconds into the period. Washington cut the lead to 3-2 when Campbell found junior midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) for a goal with 10:33 remaining. Junior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin) netted the equalizer off an assist from junior attackman Sam Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) with 5:23 to go before halftime. The Garnet regained the lead when Joe Hagedorn scored off a Preiser assist with 3:02 on the clock. Luck answered for the Shoremen with a goal off an assist from senior midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) with 2:28 to go, evening the score at 4-4. The two teams went into halftime with the score still deadlocked at four goals a piece despite the Shoremen's 33-15 advantage in shots over the first 30 minutes.
Washington went in front, 5-4, just 10 seconds into the third quarter when Cusick scored off a feed from junior midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains). Cusick pushed the Washington lead to 6-4 with a goal with 10:17 to go in the third. Cusick then found Trapp for a goal just 18 seconds later, giving the Shoremen a 7-4 advantage. Swarthmore interrupted the Shoremen's run with an extra-man goal by Lukaszewicz off a Preiser assist with 8:21 left, but Washington quickly countered 11 seconds later when Trapp scored his second goal of the evening to make it 8-5. Cusick scored again off an assist from sophomore midfielder Sid Looney (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton) with 6:41 remaining in the third quarter, extending the lead to four goals. Swarthmore got a goal back when Brendan Conway scored off a Molloy pass with 2:50 remaining in the third.
The Shoremen's 10th goal came from senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, Md./Franklin) off a pass from Englehart with 10:03 remaining in the fourth quarter. Cusick then netted his fourth goal of the day off a Nowicki assist just 36 seconds later to provide the final margin.
Cusick finished the game with four goals and two assists, while Trapp had two goals and one assist, went 17-for-20 on face-offs, and scooped up 13 ground balls. Luck added two goals in the win. Senior goalie Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) made 12 saves in the win.
Lukaszewicz and Molloy each finished with two goals and one assist each for the Garnet, while Jonathan Cohen made 14 saves for Swarthmore.
The Shoremen finished the game with a 63-25 advantage in shots and a 45-21 advantage in ground balls.
The Shoremen are the top seed for the upcoming, four-team Centennial Conference Tournament and will host an opponent yet to be determined one week from today in a semifinal game. Should Washington win that semifinal game, it will host the championship game Saturday, May 3rd.