February 26, 2011

Herdegen's OT Snipe Lifts WAC Over Goucher

from press release

TOWSON, Md. -- Senior midfielder Doug Herdegen (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) scored the game-winning goal 1:25 seconds into overtime as visiting Washington College rallied from a three-goal second-half deficit to post a 7-6 win over host Goucher College in the men's lacrosse season opener for both schools this afternoon on Beldon Field.

The Gophers scored the first two goals of the game as Zach Fratella scored with 10:31 left in the first quarter and found Max Roach for a goal at 9:25. The Shoremen evened things up with a pair of extra-man goals later in the quarter. Herdegen found freshman attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, MD/Calvert Hall)with 5:46 remaining and sophomore attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Patrick Coyle (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall) with 1:30 left.

Goucher scored the only goal of the second quarter as Matt Lynch netted the tally at 11:46 to give the Gophers a 3-2 lead.

Cusick evened the score with a goal 2:50 into the third quarter. Goucher then scored three unanswered goals to build a 6-3 lead. Fratella scored off an assist from Kyle Boncaro with 9:40 on the clock and then found Lynch for an extra-man goal with 7:49 to go in the third. Rory Averett scored the Gophers' sixth goal off a Pierce Ingram assist with 3:47 left. The Shoremen ended the run when Cord scored with 44 seconds remaining in the period.

Coyle cut the deficit to 6-5 with a goal off an assist from sophomore attackman Glen Tompkins (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) with 13:22 remaining. Cord tied the scored with a goal off an assist from sophomore attackman Matt Lewis (Mt. Airy, MD/Glenelg Country School) with 9:59 left in regulation. The Shoremen got off four shots in the final 1:37 of regulation, but could not find the back of the net before time expired.

Herdegen fired in his game-winner after receiving a feed from senior midfielder Shane Kaski (Mosley, VA/Midlothian), who had picked a loose ball out of the air.

Washington junior midfielder Stephen Evans (West Chester, PA/Henderson) won the opening face-off of overtime for the Shoremen as the Gophers never had a possession in the extra period. Evans was impressive throughout the game, winning 12-of-16 face-offs and scooping up a game-high eight ground balls.

Cord's three goals were a game-high; Cusick (two goals), Herdegen (one goal, one assist), and Coyle (one goal, one assist) joined him as multiple point-getters for the Shoremen. Fratella had two goals and two assists for Goucher, while Lynch had two goals. Junior goalie Peter Stewart (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) made 11 saves in the win for the Shoremen, while Connor Mishaw made nine stops for Goucher.

The Shoremen held a 33-28 advantage in shots, including a 13-3 edge in the fourth quarter. Washington also held a 39-33 advantage in ground balls.

The Shoremen return to action one week from today with their home opener, a 12:00 p.m. non-conference game against Washington and Lee.


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