Shoremen Expel Diplomats, 10-7, To Improve To 3-0 In Centennial Play

Shoremen Expel Diplomats, 10-7, To Improve To 3-0 In Centennial Play

Barbieri Scores Three Times and Sam Birnbaum Pumps In Two Goals

LANCASTER, Pa. – Freshman attackman Tanner Barbieri (Wayne, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) scored a game-best three goals to propel visiting Washington College to a 10-7 Centennial Conference men's lacrosse victory over host Franklin & Marshall at Tylus Field on Saturday afternoon.  The Shoremen improve to 4-5 overall and 3-0 in the Centennial, while the Diplomats fall to 3-6 and 1-2 respectively. 

The win for the Shoremen was the first in Lancaster since a 6-5 win in 2007 and also ends a three-game losing streak at F&M.  Washington has won 12 consecutive Centennial Conference contests.

The Shoremen jumped onto the scoreboard 2:28 into the first quarter when senior attackman Sam Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) tallied an unassisted goal.  The Diplomats leveled the game at 1-1 with 5:07 to go in the quarter on a Sean Rogers score from Ben Ross.  Washington took a 2-1 lead with 2:35 left in the first when sophomore attackman Stephen Goff, Jr. (Prince Frederick, Md./Calverton School) scored on a rebound, but Franklin & Marshall tied the game with 58 ticks left in the quarter on a Ross goal with Rogers notching the helper.

Washington made it 3-2 with 12:31 remaining in the second quarter on an unassisted goal by junior midfielder David McBrien (Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall), but the lead was short lived as F&M tied it 3-3 with 9:47 left in the quarter on a Michael Bossidy goal from Rogers.  The Shoremen would score a pair of goals in 22 seconds to take a 5-3 with 7:02 remaining on a score from freshman attackman Tyler Powers (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) after he picked up a loose ball.  The first goal to give WC a 4-3 lead was by senior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin)  with 7:24 left in the second.  The Shoremen made it 6-3 on a man-up goal by Barbieri from Powers.  F&M's Chad Gamble would score back-to-back goals for the hosts with 3:41 and 1:22 remaining in the second to cut the Washington lead to 6-5, but Sam Birnbaum's second goal of the game with one tick left gave the visitors a 7-5 lead into halftime after a failed clear attempt by the Diplomats.

Senior midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) opened the third quarter scoring 2:13 into the quarter to push the Washington lead to 8-5.  The Diplomats cut the deficit to 8-6 with 1:14 remaining when Ross scored off of a Bossidy, but just 10 seconds later senior attackman Adam Smith (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) found Barbieri to restore the Shoremen's three goal lead and it would be a 9-6 lead for the visitors going into the fourth. 

Barbieri scored his second straight goal just 93 seconds into the fourth quarter to put WC ahead 10-6.  John Barney completed a transition chance for F&M on a feed from Wesley Rhudy with 7:11 left to reduce the WC to 10-7 and round out the scoring as the hosts could draw no closer.

Barbieri scored a game-high three goals, while Sam Birnbaum matched his personal-best with a pair of goals.  Powers had a goal and an assist for the Shoremen.  In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Jackson Szurley (Lincoln, R.I./Moses Brown) made six saves, while Luke Birnbaum set a career-high with a game-topping eight ground balls.  At face-off, senior midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) won 13-of-20 at the X and took all of the Shoremen's face-offs. 

For F&M, Ross and Rogers each had three points with Ross scoring two goals and handing out one assist, while Rogers had two helpers and a score.  Gamble had two goals and a team-best six ground balls, while Bossidy had two points on a goal and an assist.  In net, Timothy Mattessich turned away 14 Washington shots. 

The Shoremen outshot the Diplomats 56-28 and held a 34-22 edge in ground balls.  The Diplomats turned it over 17 times, while the Shoremen only lost it 10 times.  Washington, who did not commit a penalty, was 1-for-3 in man-up situations.  In clears, WC was 10-for-11, while F&M was 15-for-18. 

The Shoremen are back in action next Saturday at noon when they host visiting Muhlenberg in Centennial play.