Franklin And Marshall vs. Washington College
April 16, 2005
The Game Story:
LANCASTER, PA – Kevin Nolan tallied an unassisted goal in transition with 3:52 left on the game clock for the winning score as the #9 Washington College Shoremen escaped #17 Franklin & Marshall College 6-5 in Centennial Conference men’s lacrosse action at Williamson Field.

Leading 3-1 at halftime, the Shoremen (6-3, 4-1 Centennial Conference) saw their lead erased in the opening minutes of the third period as midfielder Henry Kusjanovic (Jr., Armonk, NY/Byram Hills) buried a feed from attackman Steve Welsh (Sr., Lewes, DE/Cape Henelopen) at the 13:35 mark before Bobby Atkins (Fr., Concord, MA/Loomis Chaffee) finished a loose ball following a shot by Sean Duffy (Jr., Springfield, PA/Archmere Academy) at 12:19 for a 3-3 tie.

Washington retook the lead less than three minutes later as Jon Spivey redirected a pass from Chris Read for a 4-3 Shoremen lead with 9:33 left in the period.

The two teams battled back-and-forth without scoring until Kevin Kohl (So., Manasquan, NJ/Loomis Chaffee) buried a shot over the right shoulder of Washington goalie Kevin Thibadeau off a feed by Welsh at 12:59 in the fourth period.

Washington and Franklin & Marshall then traded two-men down goals as Read scored off an assist from Spivey at 6:33 for a 5-4 lead and Colin Hanley (Sr., Davidsonville, MD/DeMatha) put a shot over Thibadeau’s right arm at 4:42 to tie the game at 5-5.

The turning point in the game came with four minutes to play as a Diplomats’ shot was stopped by Thibadeau who cleared the ball on a fast-break down the field to Nolan who put a shot into the upper right corner of the goal for the game-winner.

In the first half, the two teams battled back-and-forth as Hanley opened the scoring 2:30 into the game with an unassisted goal off a sidearm shot which sailed up and over Thibadeau’s right shoulder for a 1-0 lead with 12:30 remaining in the first period.

Washington knotted the game at 1-1 52 seconds later as Read finished a pass from Spivey at the 11:38 mark.

The Shoremen continued their momentum in the second period as Ryan Morrison and Read scored unassisted goals at 10:07 and 7:32, respectively, for a 3-1 lead the halftime.

Franklin & Marshall dominated the offensive statistics in the second period as F&M out shot Washington 13-6 to force Thibadeau to make 10 saves in the period.

Overall, the Diplomats finished the game out shooting Washington 36-22, including a 27-16 advantage in shots on goal, and held a marked advantage in face-offs as Matt Capone (Sr., Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale) won 12-of-15.

Welsh led the Diplomats offensively as he finished with three assists while Hanley tallied two goals.

Historically, Welsh’s assists raise his career-scoring total to 77-95-172 as he surpassed Peter Bidstrup ’86 for sole possession of fifth place in scoring at the College. Further, he is now five assists away from joining Jon Dale ’90 (218) and Bill Levy ’87 (102) as the only players with 100 career assists at Franklin & Marshall College.

For Washington, Read led the way finishing the game with three goals and an assist, while Spivey had a goal and two assists.

In goal, Mike Sartorius (Sr., Summit, NJ/Summit) recorded 10 saves for Franklin & Marshall, while Thibadeau stopped 22 of F&M’s shots with 11 saves in both halves.

Franklin & Marshall (7-2, 3-1 Centennial Conference) will continue the Centennial Conference season on April 20 at Dickinson College. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.