Swarthmore vs. Wooster
March 10, 2007
The Game Story:
SWARTHMORE, Pa. ~V Visiting Wooster scored four goals in the second
half to defeat Swarthmore 9-6 in non-conference men~Rs lacrosse action
Saturday afternoon at Clothier Stadium. The Fighting Scots improve to
3-0 on the season while the Garnet drop to 1-1.

Sophomore Tim Lee scored two goals in the first 5:37 of the final
period­the first an unassisted shot from the left wing, and the second
coming on an extra-man opportunity at 9:51. Wooster senior attack
Hisham Hassan followed with one of his two goals 59 second later,
finishing off a pass from sophomore Chris Gatsch at 8:52 to give the
visitors a commanding 8-5 lead.

Swarthmore~Rs Will Predun ~R09 had a goal and an assist while Jay
Charles ~R07, Todd Friedman ~R09, Kyle Wilson ~R09, Ryan McKenna ~R07
and Gavin Musynske ~R10 all scored goals for Swarthmore.

Hassan led Wooster with two goals and two assists while sophomores Lee
and Mark Weschler also scored twice. Senior Chris Vaccaro and Gatsch
added a goal and an assist apiece for the Fighting Scots.

Mark Beister made 19 saves in goal for Wooster while Garnet goalie
Frank Mazzucco made eight stops on the afternoon.

Swarthmore lit the lamp at the onset of the contest when captain
Charles notched his first goal of the season at 13:26. The midfielder
made a cut to the left side of the net and cashed in a pass from
sophomore Stelios Wilson. The action began to see-saw as Hassan put
Wooster on the board with his first goal of the day at 11:24.
Swarthmore came back with Wilson~Rs first career goal, an unassisted
shot to the lower right side of the cage, at 1:04. The Fighting Scots
tied the score at 2-2 with five seconds left in the first period, as
Hassan lofted a pass over the top of the cage which Vaccaro one-timed
into the net.

The Garnet scored the lone goal of the second period at 6:09­Predun
took an outlet pass from the Swarthmore defense and streaked down the
field. The sophomore continued undeterred to the front of the Wooster
net and dished off to Musynske, who beat Biester on the left shelf for
his collegiate goal. The Garnet held the 3-2 lead into the
intermission.

Swarthmore controlled play early in the third period, and Musynske and
Friedman each got good shots off, but Biester stopped both, keeping
the Garnet lead at one. Finally, with just over nine minutes to go,
Gatsch ran the ball over to the right wing and shot the equalizer just
to Mazzucco~Rs left and into the goal. Soon, the Scots took a 4-3
lead when, after a Swarthmore penalty, Ben Abbott took a Hassan feed
just inside the yellow line and launched the ball straight into the
net.

The Wooster lead proved to be short-lived. Swarthmore won the ensuing
face-off, and soon Friedman had the ball to the right of the goal with
one man to beat. The sophomore juked the defender right off his feet,
took a few steps, and put it home. A few minutes later, Predun
bounced a shot over Biester~Rs stick and into the top of the net,
putting Swarthmore back on top at 5-4 with 40 seconds to go, but the
Scots stormed back, tying the score with five seconds left when, off
of a dead ball, Vaccarro lobbed the ball over the net to Weschler, who
put it home for the 5-all tie.

The Garnet held a 38-21 shot advantage and collected 23 groundballs to
20 for the Fighting Scots, but were hurt by seven Wooster extra-man
opportunities (two of which the Scots scored on). The Garnet won nine
of the 17 face-offs with Charles going 4-of-8, Friedman 3-of-7, and
Adam Miller ~R08 2-of-2. John McVarish took all of the face-offs for
Wooster, winning 8-of-17.

Swarthmore travels to New Haven, Conn. for its next game, a 12:00 p.m.
contest against Amherst on the campus of Yale University. The Garnet
return home on Wed., March 21 for a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference
contest with Urinus.