Messiah vs. Washington College
March 4, 2009
The Game Story:
GRANTHAM, PA -- Sixth-ranked Washington College opened both halves with four-goal runs to post a 10-5 non-conference men's lacrosse victory over host Messiah College this afternoon in Grantham, PA. The Shoremen improved to 3-0 with the win, while the Falcons fell to 1-1 with the loss.

The Shoremen jumped on top by scoring all four goals of the first quarter as senior midfielder Matt Moreton (Darnestown, MD/Northwest), junior attackman Brendan O'Leary (Annapolis, MD/Broadneck), sophomore midfielder Doug Herdegen (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley), and freshman attackman/midfielder Tom Rixey (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) each fired in one.

Messiah got on the board with 13:20 left in the second quarter on a goal by Brent Stewart. Neither team scored again until Rixey fired in a goal with 49 seconds remaining in the half to make it 5-1. The Shoremen held a 33-11 advantage in shots in the first half.

Washington broke the game open by scoring the first four goals of the third quarter in a span of just over three and one-half minutes to take a 9-1 lead on a goal by O'Leary with 9:45 to play in the period. The Falcons scored the only three goals of the fourth quarter - two of them in the final 2:06 - to close within five goals before the end of the game.

O'Leary paced Washington with three goals and one assist, while Herdegen, Moreton, and Rixey each scored two goals. Senior attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) handed out three assists, while sophomore attackman Josh Perlow (Owings Mills, MD/Boys Latin) scored one goal.

Brent Stewart and James Baden each scored two goals for the Falcons. Pete Owens scored one goal, while J.J. Miller, Nate Windon, and Jeff Ziegler each had one assist.

Senior goalie Gordon Cohen (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) made four saves and allowed two goals in three quarters of play for the Shoremen. Freshman goalie Peter Stewart (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) played the fourth quarter, making one save. Greg Latimer made 20 stops for Messiah.

Washington held a 60-20 advantage in shots in the game.