Kenyon vs. Ohio Wesleyan
April 17, 2010
The Game Story:
GAMBIER, Ohio (April 17, 2010) The Kenyon College men's lacrosse team not only had to battle No. 20-ranked Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, it also had to battle a long list of injuries. Among the walking wounded were two of the Lords' top scorers, who could only watch as the Battling Bishops ran away with an 18-10 victory.

Even with the odds against them, the Lords put together a valiant first-half effort and really didn't see the Bishops break away until the second half. Kenyon got first-quarter goals from Kyler Cooper (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) and Adam Toltzis (Yardley, PA/The Pennington School) to keep the Bishops within reach at 4-2.

Ohio Wesleyan opened up scoring in the second quarter, but Kenyon's David Clarke (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) responded just two minutes later to make it a 5-3 OWU advantage. Not long after that, momentum took a turn in favor of the Bishops, who scored at the 4:28 mark, and then, after a missed opportunity by Kenyon, scored again with 1.9 seconds left in the half.

That buzzer-beater deflated the Lords and the Bishops capitalized by rattling off the first four goals following the break. The run gave Ohio Wesleyan an 11-3 lead at the half-way point of the third quarter. Kenyon never got closer than seven and trailed by as many as ten the rest of the way.

Toltzis finished with three goals and an assist for the Lords (5-6, 0-2 NCAC), while Chris Pappalardo (Chevy Chase, MD/Bethesda Chevy Chase) contributed two goals and two assists. Additionally, Geoff Akie (Sherborn, MA/Dover-Sherborn) had a goal and an assist and David Sullivan (Waltham, MA/Buckingham Browne & Nichols) had two assists.

On the other side of the field, Ohio Wesleyan's Rob Young and Shaun Crow put on a two-man offensive show. Young racked up four goals and two assists. Crow also had two assists, but he out-pointed Young by piling seven goals for the Bishops (8-3, 3-1 NCAC).

Ohio Wesleyan held a slim 38-37 lead in shots, but a convincing 21-8 edge in face-offs. The Bishops were nearly perfect on clears (17-of-18), while the Lords managed just a 2-for-9 performance in man-up situations.