Ohio Wesleyan vs. Whittier
April 3, 2007
The Game Story:
Junior midfielder Chris Eccles (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) had a goal and 3 assists during a key 5-0 second-half run that gave Ohio Wesleyan breathing room, and the Bishops held off a fourth-quarter Whittier rally to defeat the Poets in non-conference play on Tuesday at Selby Field.

With the Bishops leading, 8-7, midway through the third quarter, Eccles found sophomore attacker Eric Turner (Columbus/Dublin Scioto) for a score to make it a 9-7 game. Eccles then hit freshman attacker Rob Young (Langhorne, Pa./Council Rock South) for a man-up goal with 4:41 remaining, and 32 seconds later, scored a man-up goal off a Turner feed.

Young found Turner for a score with :06 left in the quarter to make it 12-7, and freshman attacker Chris Ehlinger (Radnor, Pa.) scored off an Eccles pass early in the fourth quarter to give the Bishops a 13-7 lead.

The Poets answered with a Chuck Wagner goal less than a minute later, then chipped away at the deficit with man-up scores by Dave Gerbarg and Anthony Lackey to pull within 13-10 with 3:34 remaining. Whittier made it 13-11 when Gerbarg found Mike Prickett for a score with 1:12 remaining, but Ohio Wesleyan won the ensuing face-off and was able to run out the clock, thanks in part to a pair of Whittier penalties.

Ohio Wesleyan had taken a 1-0 lead on a score by sophomore attacker Dave Castignola (Dublin/Scioto) less than a minute into the game and made it 2-0 on Turner's goal with 11:03 left in the period.

Whittier then reeled off 3 straight scores to take a 3-2 lead midway through the quarter, and the teams traded goals to leave the Poets holding a 4-3 lead after the first period.

Freshman midfielder Craig Aronoff (Potomac, Md./The Bullis School) scored 24 seconds into the second quarter to tie the game at 4-4. Eccles followed with back-to-back goals, and junior midfielder Trevor Jones (Flanders, N.J./West Morris Mendham) added a goal midway through the period to give the Bishops a 7-4 lead.

Whittier closed to within 7-6 at halftime, and the teams traded goals to open the third quarter and set up the final 22 minutes of action.

Eccles led the Bishops with 4 goals and 4 assists. Turner finished with 3 goals and an assist and Ehlinger added 2 goals and an assist.

Junior Ryan Perone (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) went the distance in the Bishop goal, posting 10 saves.

Lackey led the Poets with 3 goals and 2 assists, while Gerbarg finished with 2 goals and 3 assists.

Ben Brown stopped 12 shots in the Poet cage.