#16 Shoremen Down St. Mary's, 9-8, for First Win

#16 Shoremen Down St. Mary's, 9-8, for First Win

Luck Tallies Three Points in Win

HUNTINGTOWN, Md. -- An "own goal" with exactly one minute left in the game proved to be the difference as the 16th-ranked Washington College men's lacrosse team defeated St. Mary's College of Maryland, 9-8, in a non-conference game played at Calverton School in Huntingtown, Md., tonight. 

St. Mary's (0-2) held a 2-1 halftime lead after an opening 30 minutes that saw Seahawk goalie Joey Casey make eight saves. St. Mary's got on the board 3:22 into the game on a Matt Tarrant goal. The Shoremen (1-2) tied things up with 2:48 remaining in the first quarter when sophomore attackman Stephen Goff, Jr. (Prince Frederick, Md./Calverton School) scored. The Seahawks netted the only goal of the second quarter as Conor Jordan found the back of the net following a Nate Babcock assist with 4:13 on the clock. The Shoremen fired off 19 shots in the first half to the Seahawks' 10, but still trailed at the intermission thanks to the play of Casey.

Washington evened the score at 2-2 just 32 seconds into the third quarter on a goal by senior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin). Jordan put St. Mary's back in front 18 seconds later off an assist by Brendan Steele following a failed Washington clear. Greg Louzan pushed the lead to two goals when he scored with 10:06 on the clock.  The lead grew to 5-2 on an Eric Simon goal just 31 seconds later before Washington broke the 3-0 St. Mary's run with a goal by junior midfielder Sid Looney (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton) with 8:25 to play in the third. The Shoremen scored again, this time on an extra-man goal by freshman attackman Tanner Barbieri (Wayne, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) off an assist from Luck 34 seconds later to trim the margin to 5-4. Luck then leveled the score at five goals a piece with a goal with 4:15 to go in the third. Steele put St. Mary's ahead with a goal with exactly 2:00 to go in the third, scoring off an assist from Nicholas Wilkinson

Simon increased the Seahawk lead to two goals when he scored with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter. Looney got Washington back to within a goal with 11:26 to go, but Tarrant found Tim Peugini for an extra-man goal with 8:58 left to stretch the advantage to 8-6. Barbieri countered for the Shoremen with a goal with 7:53 left to make the score 8-7. The score remained that way until Washington senior midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) tied the game up at 8-8 with 2:13 left. 

The "own goal" came after Casey saved a shot by Looney, but the ball was inadvertently tipped into the goal by a St. Mary's defender while he as trying to get the ball back to Casey.

Following the "own goal," the Shoremen won the ensuing face-off but turned the ball over shortly thereafter. Following a successful clear by the Seahawks, Washington sophomore goalie Jackson Szurley (Lincoln, R.I./Moses Brown) made a save on a shot by Louzan with nine seconds to go and a shot by Perugini went high with two seconds left as Washington held on for the win.

Luck had two goals and one assist for the Shoremen in the win, while Barbieri and Looney each had two goals. Simon and Jordan each had two goals for the Seahawks, while Steele had one goal and one assist. 

Casey finished with 15 saves in the loss for the Seahawks, while Szurley made five in his first collegiate start. The Shoremen won 16 of the game's 21 face-offs as junior midfielder Will Rate (Doylestown, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) went 12-for-16 and sophomore midfielder Ryan Leigh (Watchung, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) was 4-for-5. 

The Shoremen wound up with a 24-28 advantage in shots and a 35-19 advantage in ground balls. The Seahawks finished just 14-for-23 on clears, while the Shoremen were 11-for-13.

The Shoremen return to action Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. non-conference game at Frostburg State.