Washington (Md.) holds off rally from Colorado College to move on
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Host Washington (Md.) built an 8-2 second-quarter lead and withstood a strong second-half effort from visiting Colorado College en route to a 10-7 victory in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse tournament Wednesday on Kibler Field. The Shoremen, who will play Stevenson in a second-round game on Saturday, improved to 13-4 with the win. The Tigers end their season at 13-5.
The Shoremen held a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and took their biggest lead of the game after running off three goals in a span of 4:01 to increase the margin to 8-2 on an extra-man goal by junior attackman Jim Cusick off an assist from junior midfielder Hunter Nowicki with 8:43 remaining in the second quarter.
The Tigers scored the final goal of the second quarter to trim the margin to 8-3 before halftime. Colorado College then opened the third quarter with three consecutive goals to pull to within two at 8-6 on an extra-man goal by Henri Halle off an assist from Eric Neumeyer. Washington ended the Tigers' run when sophomore midfielder Grant Hughes scored off an assist from senior long-stick midfielder Jonny Poe with 4:47 to play in the third. An extra-man goal by senior attackman Bennett Cord off a Nowicki assist with 13:22 remaining in the fourth pushed the lead back to four goals. Jack Kreitler scored an unassisted goal for the Tigers with exactly five minutes remaining to provide the final margin.
The Shoremen enjoyed a massive 29-10 advantage in shots in the first half, while Colorado College had a 19-16 edge in the second half. Washington also held a 39-24 advantage in ground balls in the game. The Shoremen won 17 of the game's 21 face-offs, led by a 15-for-18, 12 ground-ball performance by sophomore midfielder Michael Trapp.
Cusick paced the Washington offense with three goals and one assist, while Nowicki tallied four assists. Cord and freshman midfielder David McBrien had two goals each for Washington. Junior goalie Ted DiSalvo made 11 saves for the Shoremen.
Halle led the Tigers with three goals and two assists. Kreitler added two goals, while Neumeyer had two assists. Chase Murphy made 17 saves in goal for the Tigers.