Virginia Wesleyan vs. Washington College
February 28, 2009
The Game Story:
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- Senior attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) scored three goals and added four assists for seven points as visiting sixth-ranked Washington College defeated host Virginia Wesleyan, 20-6, in a non-conference men's lacrosse game this afternoon at Foster Field. The Shoremen improved to 2-0 with the win, while the Marlins fell to 1-2 with the loss.

Washington jumped out to a 2-0 lead, before Virginia Wesleyan responded with two of its own to even the score at 2-2 with 7:09 left in the first quarter. The Shoremen would respond with 15 unanswered goals to take control of the game and grab a 17-2 lead late in the third quarter.

The first four of the 15 straight goals came in the first quarter as the guests took a 6-2 lead at the end of one. Kielek scored two of the final four goals in the stanza. Junior attackman Brendan O'Leary (Annapolis, MD/Broadneck) also scored two goals in the opening quarter, including the goal that put the Shoremen up for good with 5:59 left in the first.

The Shoremen scored all three goals in the second quarter to take a 9-2 lead into halftime. Sophomore midfielder Doug Herdegen (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) scored the first two goals of the second to put Washington up 8-2 with 1:51 left in the first half. Senior midfielder Matt Moreton (Darnestown, MD/Northwest) took a feed from sophomore attackman Shane Kaski (Richmond, VA/Midlothian) with seven seconds in the quarter to close out the scoring.

Washington netted the first eight goals of the third quarter to close out the 15-0 run. Moreton capped the run with an unassisted tally with 1:32 to go in the third quarter. In the third Washington got a goal and two assists from Kielek. Virginia Wesleyan got the final goal of the period and trailed 17-3 going into the fourth quarter.

Both teams scored three goals each in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin.

In addition to Kielek, O'Leary, Moreton and Herdegen all pumped in three goals to spearhead the Washington attack. Moreton also added three assists in the victory. The Shoremen got two helpers each from O'Leary and senior midfielder Kyle van Oostendorp (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow). The Shoremen had 15 assists on their 20 goals.

For Virginia Wesleyan, Adam Nycz tallied two goals for the hosts.

Washington dominated the face-offs, winning 25-of-30 on the afternoon. Senior midfielder Thayer Damm (Huntingdon Valley, PA/LaSalle) was 16-of-19 on face-offs for the Shoremen and scooped up a career-best and game-high 14 ground balls. The Shoremen enjoyed a 64-26 advantage in shots and a 57-25 advantage in ground balls.

In goal, senior goalie Gordon Cohen (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) played the first 40:31 of the game and stopped nine shots and allowed just two goals. He was relieved by freshman goalie Peter Stewart (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) who made four stops in the final 19:29. For the Marlins, John-Paul Novak made 14 saves.

The Shoremen return to action on Wednesday with a 4:00 p.m. game at Messiah.