March 5, 2013

No. 8 WAC Rallies to Beat St. Mary's in Overtime

from press release

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - Senior midfielder Patrick Coyle (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall) scored the game-winning goal just 11 seconds into overtime as visiting #8 Washington College rallied from an 11-7 fourth quarter deficit to top host #20 St. Mary's (MD), 13-12, in overtime in a non-conference men's lacrosse contest at Seahawk Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The Shoremen improve to 3-0 on the season, while the Seahawks fall to 2-2 on the year.

Coyle secured the groundball off the faceoff and went to goal and his shot beat Seahawks' goalie Joey Casey for the walk-off goal to complete the four-goal comeback for Washington as the Shoremen trailed 11-7 with 13:41 left in regulation.

Entering the fourth quarter up 10-7, St. Mary's scored 79 seconds into the fourth quarter when Matt Tarrant scored with Patrick Mull picking up the assist to make it 11-7. Senior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) scored his third goal of the game with 11:44 left in the game to cut the lead to 11-8 with junior attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) netting the assist. Cord tallied his fourth goal of the game with 9:21 remaining in the fourth with junior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) chalking up the helper to cut the lead to 11-9. Cord found sophomore midfielder Grant Hughes (Alexandria, VA / St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) with 6:52 remaining in the game to reduce the Seahawks' lead to 11-10. The Seahawks would take a 12-10 lead with 4:02 left in the contest when Will Lerch tallied his second goal of the second half unassisted. Campbell trimmed the lead to 12-11 with 2:47 to go on a Cord pass on a man-up score. Hughes evened the game at 12-12 with 2:11 remaining on a Nowicki pass. The Shoremen had four chances to score the go ahead goal in regulation, but Casey stopped two shots and two others went wide.

The Seahawks got onto the board first when Mull scored an unassisted goal 5:27 into the first quarter. The Shoremen tied it 56 seconds later when junior midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, CA/Coronado) chalked up an unassisted goal to even the game at 1-1. Washington College took a 2-1 lead with 3:15 to go in the opening quarter when Coyle scored on a feed from freshman midfielder David McBrien (Bel Air, MD/Calvert Hall). The helper was McBrien's first collegiate assist.

Englehart opened up the scoring in the second quarter with 12:48 to go in the first half when he finished off a pass from Cord to put the visitors ahead 3-1. St. Mary's responded 47 ticks later when Nate Babcock netted an unassisted goal to cut the lead to 3-2. The Seahawks evened the game at 3-3 with 10:13 to go in the first half when Conor Jordan scored on a pass from Babcock. Mull put St. Mary's back in the lead with 8:05 left in the second with Jordan recording the assist at 4-3. Cord ended the Seahawks three-goal run with 5:23 left in the second on an unassisted tally to knot the game at 4-4. The Seahawks regained the lead at 5-4 with 3:48 to go in the quarter when Gordy Long scored with Taylor Cook netting the helper. Cook scored a man-up goal with 1:46 left in the second to lead 6-4. Cord trimmed the lead to 6-5 when he finished off a pass from Campbell with 31 seconds left in the half and that would be the score at halftime.

Cook opened up the scoring in the third quarter 2:53 in as he finished off a pass from Lerch to make it 7-5 for the hosts. The Shoremen trimmed the lead to 7-6 with 5:20 left in the third when Nowicki scored unassisted, but just 41 seconds later Jordan found Tarrant to restore the two-goal lead for St. Mary's at 8-6. The Seahawks made it 9-6 with 2:21 left in the third when Tim Perugini scored with Mull netting the assist. Lerch scored his second goal of the quarter 43 seconds later to put the hosts up 10-6. Nowicki got his second goal of the quarter with 29 seconds left to reduce the lead to 10-7.

Cord tied his career-high with seven points on four goals and three assists, while Nowicki had four points on two goals and two helpers and Campbell had three points on two assists and one goal. Coyle, Englehart and Hughes all had two goals each. In goal, junior goalie Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, FL/Spanish River) turned away seven shots. Sophomore midfielder/face-off specialist Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains) and Nowicki both won a team-high six ground balls, while senior long-stick midfielder Jonny Poe (Coronado, CA/Coronado) had a game-topping four caused turnovers. Trapp won 13 face-offs in 23 tries.

Mull had a team-high four points on two goals and two assists, while Jordan had three points on two helpers and one goal. Cook, Lerch and Tarrant all netted two goals. In goal, Casey turned away 13 Washington shots. Albert Mitchell won a game-best 15 face-offs in 26 attempts and led all players with nine ground balls.

Washington held a 38-34 edge in shots, including 19-3 in the fourth quarter and overtime. The guests held a 26-19 advantage in shots on goal, including 12-2 in the last 15:11 of the game. The Shoremen were 1-for-2 in extra-man situations while the Seahawks were 1-for-3. The Seahawks won 15 of the game's 28 face-offs. WC was 10-for-13 in clears, while St. Mary's was 9-for-11. Both squads had 33 ground balls and 16 turnovers each in the ballgame. Washington had zero turnovers in the fourth quarter and overtime.

The Shoremen have won all 20 meetings between the two schools as the teams were meeting for the first time since a 10-3 victory on March 4, 2006.

The Shoremen return to action on Saturday afternoon versus visiting Delmarva rival Wesley. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.


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