Guilford vs. Wooster
February 29, 2004
The Game Story:
Greensboro, NC -- Visiting Wooster scored the game's first six goals and never looked back as the Scots defeated Guilford, 17-5, in their 2004 season opener Sunday. The contest was played on the artificial surface of the Pyramids Sports Complex due to heavy snow in Greensboro that rendered Guilford's home field unplayable.

Rookie attackman Brendan Hayes (Warrenton, VA/Highland School) opened the Scots' (1-0) scoring with an extra-man goal 1:32 into the game. He scored three of Wooster's first six goals and finished with a game-high four tallies. Sophomore Shawn Handy (Carrboro, NC/Chapel Hill) assisted Hayes' first goal and totaled a game-high six points on two goals and four assists.

Guilford's Chip Hill (Sellersville, PA/Central Bucks West) and Matt Wagner (Mill Valley, CA/Marin Catholic) finally got the Quakers (1-1) on the board with back-to-back goals in the middle of the second quarter. Wooster answered with another 6-0 run that opened a 12-2 lead late in the third period. Rookie attackman Chris Vaccaro (Plano, TX/Plano) tallied two of his three goals in the Scots' second 6-0 spurt.

Sophomore midfielder Peter Park (Hudson, OH/Hudson) played a key role in Wooster's success by winning 14 of 21 faceoffs and picking up a game-high 11 ground balls. Park's performance enabled Wooster to sustain both 6-0 runs and prevented Guilford's offense from finding its rhythm. Sophomore goaltender Courter Shimeall (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) made seven of the Scots' eight saves in 40 minutes, which contributed to the Quakers' offensive woes.

Wagner finished with three goals for the Quakers, who were outshot 57-10. Senior attackman Josh Miller (Princeton, NJ/Princeton) added two assists. Freshman Andrew Bond (Littleton, CO/J.K. Mullen) made 11 of Guilford's 18 saves in his college debut. He yielded nine second-half goals in relief of starting goalie Aaron Skiles (Weirton, WV/Shattuck-St. Mary's (MN)).

Guilford hosts Marymount March 6 on campus in the Armfield Athletic Center. Wooster continues its season-opening five-game road trip at Richard Stockton March 8.