Washington College Grinds Past Lynchburg
from press release
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Senior goalie Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) made 11 saves, including five in the fourth quarter, and junior midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) broke the Centennial Conference single-season record for ground balls as fifth-ranked host Washington College defeated visiting 10th-ranked Lynchburg College, 10-7, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament this afternoon on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shoremen improved to 17-1 on the season with the win, while the Hornets conclude their season at 17-5.
Lynchburg scored first in the game as David Alyanakian found the back of the net 2:39 into the game. Washington then scored the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead by the end of the first quarter. Senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, Md./Franklin) started the run off with a goal with 10:21 left, senior midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) scored with 7:58 to go, and sophomore midfielder David McBrien (Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall) found the back of the net with 5:10 to go.
The Hornets countered in the second quarter by scoring all three goals in the period. Alyanakian found Austin Stewart for a goal with 12:48 on the clock, Aaron Murphy found Alyanakian for a goal at 6:41 and then connected with Stewart for a goal at 3:01.
After a two-minute non-releasable penalty for a check to the head was assessed to Lynchburg's Tommy Kesterman late in the second quarter, the Shoremen opened the third quarter on an extra-man and scored back-to-back goals to pull in front, 5-4. Sophomore attackman Casey Kermes (State College, Pa./Northfield Mount Herman [Mass.]) scored just 28 seconds into the quarter off an assist from senior attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and junior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin) scored off a feed from Nowicki 52 seconds later. Lynchburg responded with back-to-back goals by Todd Galvin off an assist from Dane Angell at 6:27 and Stewart off an assist from Berk Ellis at 4:18.
Washington took the lead for good with a pair of goals in the final minute of the third quarter. Luck scored with 47 seconds on the clock and Luck scored with 10 seconds to play.
The Shoremen pushed the lead to 8-6 with 11:36 remaining in the fourth quarter when Englehart found sophomore midfielder Sid Looney (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton) for a goal with 11:36 remaining. Alyanakian scored off an assist from Campbell Armstrong to cut the lead back down to a goal with 9:35 left. The Hornets had a chance to even the score at 8-8 but a point-blank shot by Murphy was saved by DiSalvo with 8:09 to play. Campbell gave the Shoremen another two-goal lead with an extra-man goal off a Nowicki feed with 6:32 left. Lynchburg's final possession of the game ended when DiSalvo stopped a shot by Stewart and the Shoremen successfully cleared the ball. Junior midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) scored the final goal of the game for the Shoremen with one second to go.
Trapp went 14-for-19 on face-offs with nine ground balls in the game for the Shoremen. His nine ground balls boosted his single-season total to 157, bettering the record of 156 set by Dickinson's Carter Moore earlier this season.
Englehart (two goals, one assist), Luck (two goals), and Nowicki (one goal, two assists) led a balanced Washington offense in the victory. Birnbaum added a game-best three caused turnovers to go along with his last-second goal.
Alyanakian scored three goals and had an assist for Lynchburg, while Stewart netted three goals of his own.
Lynchburg finished the game with a slight 39-38 advantage in shots in the game thanks to a 14-4 margin in the fourth, but DiSalvo's clutch play in the final period helped nullify that edge.
The Shoremen, whose 17 wins are one shy of the school record of 18 set in 2004, will play the winner of tonight's Stevenson versus Cabrini second-round game in a quarterfinal game Wednesday. That will be the Shoremen's first appearance in a quarterfinal game since 2008.
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